Perverse; inimical.

con·trar′i·ous·ly adv.


1. (of people or animals) perverse or obstinate
2. (of conditions) unfavourable
conˈtrariously adv conˈtrariousness n


(kənˈtrɛər i əs)

perverse; refractory.
[1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrārius contrary; see -ous]
con•trar′i•ous•ly, adv.
con•trar′i•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contrarious - difficult to deal with
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate - tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield


Given to acting in opposition to others:
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Such concern for creating order out of chaos seems at the heart of Columbus' next sonnet: Or, haply, how if this contrarious West, That me by turns hath starved, by turns hath fed, Embraced, disgraced, beat back, solicited, Have no fixed heart of Law within his breast, Or with some different rhythm doth e'er contest Nature in the East?
The contrarious mimetic reflex between critiquing re-presentation and projective presentation has been described by Alexander Leggatt as the distance between the early modern English actor standing "as it were, beside the character, commenting on it," and "showing it off," (20) which is to say, performing it.
This interaction culminates in the speech on "commodity" where the contrarious dramaturgy in the figuration of the Bastard--presentational and representational--culminates in a strange contradiction between the unveiling language of the commentator and the complicity of the participant.