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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 on the contrary
 相反,恰恰相反

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·ry, n.; pl. Contraries
 1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
 No contraries hold more antipathy
 Than I and such a knave.   --Shak.
 2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.]
 3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
 4. Logic See Contraries.
 On the contrary, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.
 To the contrary, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the other side. “They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary.” --Bp. Stillingfleet.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 on the contrary
      adv : contrary to expectations; "he didn't stay home; on the
            contrary, he went out with his friends" [syn: contrarily,
             to the contrary, contrariwise]