An example of contrary is Christianity and Athiesm.
An example of contrary is two people having very different opinions about something.
Playing scales in contrary motion.
Contrary opinions; acts that are contrary to our code of ethics.
Our boat took a course contrary to theirs.
A contrary wind.
The judge ruled contrary to all precedent in the case.
Contrary to the rules.
A contrary disposition; a contrary child.
The Athenians having left the enemie in their owne land, for to pass into Sicilie, had very ill successe, and were much contraried by fortune [...].
I finde them everie one in his turne to have reason, although they contrary one another.
- In opposition to what is expected.
- In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected:.I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
- To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected:.Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.
- Contrary to what is expected.
- As opposed to what has been said.
- To the opposite effect; in reversal of what is stated.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of contrary
- Middle English contrarie from Anglo-Norman from Latin contrārius contrā against kom in Indo-European roots -ārius -ary
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition