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contra-

(word root) against
Examples of words with the root contra-: contradictory

Con·tra

 (kŏn′trə, kōn′-)
n.
A member of the rebel forces that opposed the leftist government of Nicaragua in the 1980s with the funds and support of the United States government.

[Spanish, short for contrarrevolucionario, counterrevolutionary, from contrarrevolución, counterrevolution : contra-, contra- (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + revolución, revolution (from Late Latin revolūtiō, revolūtiōn-; see revolution).]

con·tra

 (kŏn′trə)
prep.
In contrast or opposition to; against.
adv.
In opposition to something stated or expected; to the contrary.

[Latin contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots.]

con•tra

(ˈkɒn trə)

prep.
1. against; in opposition or contrast to.
adv.
2. on or to the contrary.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin contrā]

contra-1

,
a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction.
[< Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adv. and preposition contrā]

contra-2

,
a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto; contrabassoon.
[< Italian < Latin; see contra-1, counterpoint]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Contra - a member of the guerrilla force that opposed a left-wing government in Nicaragua
Nicaraguan - a native or inhabitant of Nicaragua