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contra-(word root) against
Examples of words with the root contra-: contradictory
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1. Against; opposite; contrasting: contraposition.
2. Lower in pitch: contrabassoon.
[Middle English, from Latin contrā-, from contrā, against; see contra. Sense 2, Italian, from Latin contrā.]
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1. against; contrary; opposing; contrasting: contraceptive; contradistinction.
2. (Music, other) (in music) pitched below: contrabass.
[from Latin, from contrā against]
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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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