Other forms: contraries
Use contrary when two things are exactly opposite or entirely different. If something is contrary to something else, it is opposed to or against it.
A contrary child is one who opposes people in authority. As a noun, the contrary means the opposite, as in "We will not give up; on the contrary, we will fight with all our power." The adjective contrary derives from Latin contrarius ("opposite, opposed") from contra ("against").
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