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English - Vietnamese Dictionary
contrary /'kɔntrəri/
  • tính từ
    • trái ngược, nghịch
      • in a contrary direction: ngược chiều
      • contrary winds: gió ngược
    • (thông tục) trái thói, bướng bỉnh, ngang ngược, khó bảo
      • don't be so contrary: đừng có ngang ngược thế
  • danh từ
    • sự trái lại; điều trái ngược
      • quite the contrary: trái hẳn
      • on the contrary: trái lại
      • to the contrary: trái lại, ngược lại
      • there is no evidence to the contrary: không có chứng cớ gì ngược lại
      • to interpret by contraries: hiểu ngược lại (ý người ta muốn nói)
  • phó từ
    • (+ to) trái với, trái ngược với
      • contrary to our expectations: trái với sự mong đợi của chúng tôi
      • at contrary to...: làm ngược lại với...
  • ngoại động từ
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) làm trái (với khuynh hướng, xu hướng của ai)
Concise Dictionary
+a relation of direct opposition
+exact opposition
+a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
+very opposed in nature or character or purpose
+of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
+resistant to guidance or discipline
+in an opposing direction

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 opposite, opposing, opposed, different, contradictory, conflicting, antagonistic:
Set aside enough time to hear the contrary side of the argument.
2 antagonistic, perverse, contrarious, hostile, unfriendly, inimical, cross-grained, refractory, contumacious, self-willed, argumentative, unaccommodating, antipathetic, Literary froward:
He can disagree, but why must he be so contrary?
3 adverse, unfavourable, inauspicious, unlucky, unfortunate, unpropitious, untoward, inopportune, bad, foul:
We ran into contrary winds and were delayed.
4 opposite, reverse:
Her present position is the direct contrary of the one she took yesterday.
5 perversely, oppositely, contrariwise, contrarily, in opposition to:
The rat in the maze acted contrary to the expected pattern.
Advanced English Dictionary
adjective, noun-see also CONTRARY
+ adjective
1 ~ to sth different from sth; against sth: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk. + The government has decided that the publication of the report would be 'contrary to the public interest'. + Contrary to expectations and the weather forecast, we had a fine day for the experiment.
2 [only before noun] completely different in nature or direction
contrary advice / opinions / arguments + The contrary view is that prison provides an excellent education-in crime.
+ noun (the contrary) [sing.] the opposite fact, event or situation: In the end the contrary was proved true:
he was innocent and she was guilty.

Idioms: on the contrary used to introduce a statement that says the opposite of the last one: 'It must have been terrible.' 'On the contrary, I enjoyed every minute.'
quite the contrary used to emphasize that the opposite of what has been said is true: I don't find him funny at all. Quite the contrary.
to the contrary showing or proving the opposite: Show me some evidence to the contrary (= proving that sth is not true). + I will expect to see you on Sunday unless I hear anything to the contrary (= that you are not coming).
+ adjective
(formal, disapproving) (usually of children) behaving badly; choosing to do or say the opposite of what is expected: She was such a contrary child-it was impossible to please her.
See also - CONTRARY
contrarily adverb
contrariness noun [U]
Collocation Dictionary


be, run, seem
These results run contrary to our expectations. It seems contrary to common sense.


completely, directly, entirely, quite, totally
My own experience is completely contrary. The new claim is directly contrary to what was originally stated.
| clearly


Contrary to what the public was told, weapons were still being exported.


contrary to expectations
Contrary to expectations, we didn't have any hold-ups on the journey.
| contrary to popular belief
Contrary to popular belief, the economy is doing well.

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