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n. pl. con·tra·ri·e·ties
1. The quality or condition of being contrary.
2. Something that is contrary.


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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrariety - the relation between contraries
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities


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The wind blowing steady and gentle from the south, there was no contrariety between that and the current, and the billows rose and fell unbroken.
But such as they were, it may well be supposed how eagerly she went through them, and what a contrariety of emotion they excited.
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider as much as his rider tried him out.
The same contrariety in his members seemed to exist throughout the whole man.
They were always abusing each other's opinions and practices, and yet never a whit the less absorbed in each other's society; in fact, the very contrariety seemed to unite them, like the attraction between opposite poles of the magnet.
It is certain that sedentary, and within-door arts, and delicate manufactures (that require rather the finger than the arm), have, in their nature, a contrariety to a military disposition.
I begin; for she has always been severe upon our bluff old man, and it is not the spirit of contrariety alone which makes me invariably take his part.
You have made up your mind,' said Louisa, still standing before him where she had first stopped - in all the singular contrariety of her self- possession, and her being obviously very ill at ease - 'to show the nation the way out of all its difficulties.
If you had any real griefs you'd be ashamed to waste a tear on this little contrariety.
And contrariety is one of these concepts, for contrariety is a kind of difference, and difference is a kind of otherness.
This type of calculation showed contrariety with experimental data.
begin strikethrough]heute[end strikethrough]: contrariety of now and never, a [begin strikethrough]today[end strikethrough] that cannot be achieved or ever even arrive without the negotiation of a past and future.