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.
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.
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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