contrariwise


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con·trar·i·wise

 (kŏn′trĕr′ē-wīz′, kən-trâr′-)
adv.
1. From a contrasting point of view.
2. In the opposite way or reverse order.
3. In a perverse manner.

contrariwise

(ˈkɒntrərɪˌwaɪz)
adv
1. from a contrasting point of view; on the other hand
2. in the reverse way or direction
3. in a contrary manner

con•trar•i•wise

(ˈkɒn trɛr iˌwaɪz or, for 3, kənˈtrɛər-)

adv.
1. in the opposite direction or way.
2. on the contrary; in direct opposition to a statement, attitude, etc.
3. perversely.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.contrariwise - in a contrary disobedient manner
2.contrariwise - with the order reversed; "she hates him and vice versa"
3.contrariwise - contrary to expectations; "he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends"
Translations

contrariwise

[kənˈtrɛərɪwaɪz] ADV (= on the contrary) → al contrario; (= on the other hand) → por otra parte; (= in opposite direction) → en sentido contrario; (= the other way round) → a la inversa

contrariwise

[kənˈtrɛərɪˌwaɪz] adv (on the other hand) → d'altro canto, d'altra parte; (in the opposite direction) → nella direzione opposta, nel senso opposto
References in classic literature ?
'Contrariwise,' added the one marked 'DEE,' 'if you think we're alive, you ought to speak.'
'Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't.
'Next Boy!' said Alice, passing on to Tweedledee, though she felt quite certain he would only shout out 'Contrariwise!' and so he did.
These are the revolutions and seditions that arise in oligarchies, and the causes to which they are owing: and indeed both democracies and oligarchies sometimes alter, not into governments of a contrary form, but into those of the same government; as, for instance, from having the supreme power in the law to vest it in the ruling party, or the contrariwise.
Contrariwise, certain Laodiceans, and lukewarm persons, think they may accommodate points of religion, by middle way, and taking part of both, and witty reconcilements; as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man.
She had not yielded for an instant to the enervating charm of the tropics, but contrariwise was more active, more worldly, more decided than anyone in a temperate clime would have thought it possible to be.
Again, David will not unbend when in the company of babies, expecting them unreasonably to rise to his level, but contrariwise Porthos, though terrible to tramps, suffers all things of babies, even to an exploration of his mouth in an attempt to discover what his tongue is like at the other end.
But, unluckily for her ladyship, its effect had been exactly contrariwise.
"Methinks thou art right," quoth Robin, "and, contrariwise, that when we kiss a pleasure that appeareth gay it turneth foul to us; is it not so, Little John?
His experience on the lock gave him such an acute perception of the enormous difficulty of 'tying up' money with any approach to tightness, and contrariwise of the remarkable ease with which it got loose, that through a series of years he regularly propounded this knotty point to every new insolvent agent and other professional gentleman who passed in and out.
Peggotty and the Yarmouth boatmen having put off in a gale of wind with an anchor and cable to the "Nelson" Indiaman in distress; and you shall go there another day, and find them deep in the evidence, pro and con, respecting a clergyman who has misbehaved himself; and you shall find the judge in the nautical case, the advocate in the clergyman's case, or contrariwise. They are like actors: now a man's a judge, and now he is not a judge; now he's one thing, now he's another; now he's something else, change and change about; but it's always a very pleasant, profitable little affair of private theatricals, presented to an uncommonly select audience.'
Contrariwise, the adult pupils were taught to read (if they could learn) out of the New Testament; and by dint of stumbling over the syllables and keeping their bewildered eyes on the particular syllables coming round to their turn, were as absolutely ignorant of the sublime history, as if they had never seen or heard of it.