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Perverse; inimical.

con·trar′i·ous·ly adv.


1. (of people or animals) perverse or obstinate
2. (of conditions) unfavourable
conˈtrariously adv
conˈtrariousness n


(kənˈtrɛər i əs)

perverse; refractory.
[1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrārius contrary; see -ous]
con•trar′i•ous•ly, adv.
con•trar′i•ous•ness, n.
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Adj.1.contrarious - difficult to deal with
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate - tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield


Given to acting in opposition to others:
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According to Juan Cole, contrarious Middle East specialist and author of the recently published "The New Arabs," the al-Baghdadi caliphate is doomed, not least because the new caliph is a psychopathic serial killer whose violent behavior will eventually antagonize most of his original supporters.
Or, haply, how if this contrarious West, That me by turns hath starved, by turns hath fed, Embraced, disgraced, beat back, solicited, Have no fixed heart of Law within his breast, Or with some different rhythm doth e'er contest Nature in the East?
The contrarious mimetic reflex between critiquing re-presentation and projective presentation has been described by Alexander Leggatt as the distance between the early modern English actor standing "as it were, beside the character, commenting on it," and "showing it off," (20) which is to say, performing it.