contrariness contrariness  /ˈkɑn trɛ ri nəs/


  1. (n) deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
  2. (n) a fussy and eccentric disposition


  1. Although he ended up going to medical school--more out of contrariness than conviction--he also spent six years studying at a medicine man's shrine.
  2. But Arnault, 48, savors this kind of contrariness like one of his champagnes.
  3. But Susskind has learned to confine his contrariness large ly to his still running TV talk show.


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    The Smiths' self-titled debut album came out 30 years ago in February. It's now March, but to be fair, it simply wouldn't be Morrissey's beloved band if they had marked the anniversary in a timely fashion — any disciple will happily explain to you the contrariness of the Moz discography, with its completist-defying idiosyncrasies...
    on March 4, 2014     Source: Spin


  • Mr Holloway said: "Scots are an argumentative race, but it is not all contrariness. We have learned during our turbulent history that ideas are dangerous things that need to be tested again and again in debate if they are to enhance rather than...
    on Jun 11, 2009 By: Richard Holloway Source: BBC News

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