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n. pl. con·tra·ri·e·ties
1. The quality or condition of being contrary.
2. Something that is contrary.
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n, pl -ties
1. opposition between one thing and another; disagreement
2. an instance of such opposition; inconsistency; discrepancy
3. (Logic) logic the relationship between two contraries
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(ˌkɒn trəˈraɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being contrary.
2. something contrary or of opposite character; a contrary fact or statement.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin]
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Noun1.contrariety - the relation between contraries
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
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that bearded men should be brought to weep over the contrarieties of womanly caprice."
We have already noticed certain contrarieties of character between the Indian tribes, produced by their diet and mode of life; and nowhere are they more apparent than about the falls of the Columbia.
Without waiting for her to speak, he turned away from her and hurried back towards the road that led to the Hermitage, leaving Hetty to pursue her way in a strange dream that seemed to have begun in bewildering delight and was now passing into contrarieties and sadness.
He had the superficial kindness of a good-humoured, self-satisfied nature, that fears no rivalry, and has encountered no contrarieties. I am not sure that my disposition was good enough for me to have been quite free from envy towards him, even if our desires had not clashed, and if I had been in the healthy human condition which admits of generous confidence and charitable construction.
the mystery inherent in Keatsian contrarieties and which paradoxically
The weakest point is that it may explain the novel's habit of contrarieties, as in the association of Belle with both Judas and Christ already pointed out.
Even casual acquaintance and superficial knowledge--all that most of us at bench or bar will be able to acquire--reveal that its striking features relative to our law are not likenesses but inconsistencies, not similarities but contrarieties. In its source, its scope, and its sanctions, the law of the Middle East is the antithesis of Western law."
But the mayor brushed off contrarieties. "If the government doesn't do something [to create opportunities for youth] then more will be lining up to fight for ISIS," he said.
Part of what makes him such an enjoyable companion on these poetry jaunts is his tendency to observe and record the details (or "contrarieties") that will demand a thorough re-calibration of a received perception.
Specifically, Pope tries to make a full use of "Ruling Passion" to evaluate a variety of mankind's defects, among which is "Lust of Praise"; when revealing the "contrarieties" and "change" of female characters, he suggests that they should possess enough"Good Sense" and "Good Humor"; criticizing the two negative attitudes towards fortune--"Avarice or Profusion", he intends to ask people to adopt "The due Medium, and the true use of Riches" (194); taking "Palladian style" as an ideal model, he lays much emphasis upon "good taste" for architecture.
What I have been calling the doubleness of 'The Coronet', its knowing self-division and subtle contrarieties would seem to make it a revealing window onto Marvell's three poems of religious dialogue, which are overtly structured in terms of differences and the difficulties of reconciliation or uncertainties of transcendence.
It is, instead, largely the 'insider' authors--those of apparent Muslim origin, who attempt any 'subjectification' of their Muslim characters, often through the psycho-social tensions they confront as a result of their cultural displacement, religious difference or civilizational contrarieties as the Muslim 'other.' An important question that comes to mind when reading Nash's book is that of the employment of metonymy both as an over-arching schema in the developed reception of the Muslim other through 'outsider/ western' representations and interpretations and within the construction of the author's own work.