Meaning of CONTRARY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kɒntrəri, AM -treri ]


Ideas, attitudes, or reactions that are contrary to each other are completely different from each other.

This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of reasons...

Several of those present, including Weinberger, had contrary information.

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ to n


If you say that something is true contrary to other people’s beliefs or opinions, you are emphasizing that it is true and that they are wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, moderate exercise actually decreases your appetite...

PREP-PHRASE [ emphasis ]


You use on the contrary when you have just said or implied that something is not true and are going to say that the opposite is true.

It is not an idea around which the Community can unite. On the contrary, I see it as one that will divide us.

PHRASE : PHR with cl


You can use on the contrary when you are disagreeing strongly with something that has just been said or implied, or are making a strong negative reply.

‘People just don’t do things like that.’—‘On the contrary, they do them all the time.’

PHRASE [ emphasis ]


You can use quite the contrary to emphasize a previous negative statement, or when you are making a strong negative reply.

I’m not a feminist, quite the contrary...

= quite the opposite

PHRASE : PHR with cl [ emphasis ]


When a particular idea is being considered, evidence or statements to the contrary suggest that this idea is not true or that the opposite is true.

That does not automatically mean, however, that the money supply has been curbed, and there is considerable evidence to the contrary...


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