contrariness


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con·trar·y

 (kŏn′trĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Opposed, as in character or purpose: contrary opinions; acts that are contrary to our code of ethics.
2. Opposite in direction or position: Our boat took a course contrary to theirs. See Synonyms at opposite.
3. Music Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval: playing scales in contrary motion.
4. Adverse; unfavorable: a contrary wind.
5. (also kən-trâr′ē) Given to recalcitrant behavior; willful or perverse.
n. pl. con·trar·ies
1. Something that is opposite or contrary.
2. Either of two opposing or contrary things: "Truth is perhaps ... a dynamic compound of opposites, savage contraries for a moment conjoined" (A. Bartlett Giamatti).
3. Logic A proposition related to another in such a way that if the latter is true, the former must be false, but if the latter is false, the former is not necessarily true.
adv.
In an opposite direction or manner; counter: The judge ruled contrary to all precedent in the case.
Idioms:
by contraries Obsolete
In opposition to what is expected.
on the contrary
In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
to the contrary
To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.

[Middle English contrarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin contrārius : contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots + -ārius, -ary.]

con′trar′i·ly (kŏn′trĕr′ə-lē, kən-trâr′-) adv.
con′trar′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrariness - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
fractiousness, unruliness, wilfulness, willfulness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
cussedness, orneriness - meanspirited disagreeable contrariness
2.contrariness - a fussy and eccentric disposition
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition

contrariness

noun
Translations
تَناقُض، تَعاكُس
paličatost
modvillighedtværhedvrangvillighed
ellenállásellentmondásra való hajlam
òvermóîska

contrariness

[kənˈtrɛərɪnɪs] N (= perverseness) → terquedad f

contrariness

nWiderborstigkeit f; (of person also) → Widerspruchsgeist m; (of horse) → Widerspenstigkeit f

contrariness

[kənˈtrɛərɪnɪs] ntestardaggine f, cocciutaggine f

contrary2

(kənˈtreəri) adjective
obstinate; unreasonable.
conˈtrariness noun
References in classic literature ?
She folded herself in the large chair, and leaned her head against it in fatigued quiescence, while Tantripp went away wondering at this strange contrariness in her young mistress--that just the morning when she had more of a widow's face than ever, she should have asked for her lighter mourning which she had waived before.
Something of her contrariness came back to her as she paced the walk and looked over it at the tree-tops inside.
Lizabetha Prokofievna, who disliked Varvara, although she had a great respect for her mother, was much annoyed by this sudden intimacy, and put it down to the general "contrariness" of her daughters, who were "always on the lookout for some new way of opposing her." Nevertheless, Varvara continued her visits.
But her beauty, which was radiant in the morning light, took the contrariness from her words.
She explains, "His humor and wit, tinged with a contrariness, mischievousness, and sabotage, infuses most of his works."
There may be some contrariness between institutions, but history witness whenever there is matter of national integrity political and military leadership stood together.
More than 40 members and visitors came to hear the talk which had been postponed on a previous occasion due to bad weather but this January evening was mild and calm and a good example of the contrariness of our climate.
The implicit contrariness of democracies is more a respite from singular trouble than an agreeable pact.
Bringing Trumpian contrariness to the table seems to have done little beyond further fan smouldering fires.
The wonderful triad of titas-played by Stella Canete-Mendoza, Frances Makil-Ignacio, and alternates Jenny Jamora and Missy Maramara-are likely one of local theater's most memorable ensembles of a comic type, but they are not reduced to figures of farcical fun, but are lovely personalities, funny and poignant and ornery, their ricocheting affection and contrariness toward each other a highlight of the play.
While the 'China's gain, India's pain' narrative will be assiduously held, New Delhi appears to have ensured sufficient safeguards against any significant 'contrariness' from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) chairman this time around.
She was also tiny, Italian, extremely temperamental, and fond, with characteristic contrariness, of both the Rolling Stones and shrill tarantella, to both of which she would dance around her small kitchen in the port town, forgetting her prosthetic hip and high blood pressure, throwing her arms up in the air and laughing like a fresh bride.