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contra-(word root) against
Examples of words with the root contra-: contradictory
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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).]
In contrast or opposition to; against.
In opposition to something stated or expected; to the contrary.
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1. against; in opposition or contrast to.adv.
2. on or to the contrary.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin contrā]
a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction.
[< Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adv. and preposition contrā]
a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto; contrabassoon.
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