contrary vs contrast : Common Errors in English

About contrary vs contrast

The phrases “on the contrary” and “to the contrary” are used to reply to an opposing point. Your friend tells you she is moving to New York and you express surprise because you thought she hated big cities. She replies, “On the contrary, I’ve always wanted to live in an urban area.”When a distinction is being made that does not involve opposition of this sort, “in contrast” is appropriate. “In New York, you don’t need a car. In Los Angeles, in contrast, you can’t really get along without one, though you won’t need a snow shovel.” Here’s a simple test: if you could possibly substitute “that’s wrong” the phrase you want is “on the contrary” or “to the contrary.” If not, then use “in contrast.”

contrary Meaning(s)

  • (n) a relation of direct opposition
  • (n) exact opposition
  • (n) a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  • (s) very opposed in nature or character or purpose
  • (s) of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
  • (s) resistant to guidance or discipline
  • (s) in an opposing direction

contrast Meaning(s)

  • (n) the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
  • (n) the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  • (n) a conceptual separation or distinction
  • (n) the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
  • (n) the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
  • (v) put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
  • (v) to show differences when compared; be different

contrary in News

  1. Corrections

    • Contrary to the local angle information that accompanied the May 31 front-page story "Provocative priest Andrew Greeley, a part-time Tucsonan, dies at 85," Greeley did not spend part of his winters, including last winter, in Tucson after his 2008 accident. In addition, Greeley died May 29. Memorial information accompanying a guest column Wednesday on A11 included the wrong date.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Arizona Daily Star

  2. Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Shoulder

    Contrary to popular belief, Yasiel Puig is not a cyborg.  According to the Los Angeles Dodgers ' official Twitter account, the 22-year-old burgeoning superstar is missing Wednesday night's matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an injured shoulder: It's not clear how serious the injury is, but this is the last thing the last-place Dodgers need right now.  After barreling through the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Despite rumors to the contrary, the Penguins gave Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension.

    Despite rumors to the contrary , the Penguins gave Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension. Ray Shero also says, "I'm not getting rid of Marc-André Fleury."
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Deadspin

contrast in News

  1. Titanfall's contrast between agility and agitation

    There is a stark contrast between pilots and titans in Titanfall , the new multiplayer-centric shooter from Respawn Entertainment. As a footsoldier, players are mice - hard to hit and scurrying from one crumbled hovel to the next. The titans stand tall, lumbering death dealers in a constant sense of agitation, ever at the ready and percolating with malevolent intent. It makes for a very ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Joystiq

  2. Contrast on PS4: Is There Truth in the Shadows?

    You want to know more about Contrast, and I want to shed light on a few topics of my own. Did you know that Contrast, in its initial concept, was set in a cyberpunk virtual world? We thought that related well with the Film Noir and Burlesque eras, too. Have you heard tell of the international slumber party work week before Compulsion found an office? When we started working on the game, the team ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PlayStation Blog

  3. Nintendo avoids hype, brings old standbys to E3

    In stark contrast to the pomp and superlatives of Monday's Microsoft and Sony events, Nintendo's presence at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is modest. But though the new games from the company's oldest and dearest franchises come as no surprise, that doesn't mean they aren't worth playing."Super Mario 3D World," which brings the acclaimed 3-D Mario series to the Wii U, is what ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MSNBC

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