contrary contrary  /ˈkɑn trɛ ri/


  1. (n) a relation of direct opposition
  2. (n) exact opposition
  3. (n) a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  4. (adj) very opposed in nature or character or purpose
  5. (adj) of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
  6. (adj) resistant to guidance or discipline
  7. (adj) in an opposing direction


  1. All those descriptions are obviously contrary to the facts, belittling ourselves and confusing the national identity.
  2. Contrary to received wisdom about him, contrary to the joyous Irish bull he later became, he seemed to have no political instincts at all in those days.
  3. Contrary to the blurb on its jacket, contrary to its title, Chicago: A Portrait is in a sense also a history.


  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


  1. In a statement released with his attorney, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Arenas described his handling of the weapons as "a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Contrary to some news accounts, I never threatened or assaulted anyone with the guns...
    on Jan 4, 2010 By: Gilbert Arenas Source: Washington Post

  2. "Nothing has changed in this NIE that says, `OK, why don't we just stop worrying about it?' Quite the contrary. I think the NIE makes it clear that Iran needs to be taken seriously as a threat to peace," Bush said. "My opinion hasn't...
    on Dec 4, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Forbes

  3. "I respectfully submit, to criticize my actions or to find them as a basis for a loss of confidence would be grossly unfair and would be contrary to the evidence we have presented to you," Wolfowitz said in a statement to the board.
    on May 15, 2007 By: Paul Wolfowitz Source: Reuters UK

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