• WordNet 3.6
    • n contrariety the relation between contraries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contrariety Something which is contrary to, or inconsistent with, something else; an inconsistency. "How can these contrarieties agree?"
    • Contrariety The state or quality of being contrary; opposition; repugnance; disagreement; antagonism. "There is a contrariety between those things that conscience inclines to, and those that entertain the senses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contrariety The state or quality of being contrary; extreme opposition; the relation of the greatest unlikeness within the same class.
    • n contrariety Something contrary to or extremely unlike another; a contrary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contrariety opposition: inconsistency
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contrarietas,: cf. F. contrariété,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contrariuscontra, against.


In literature:

Contrariety vanishes; the difference between the creature and the Creator disappears.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The usual contrarieties of the machine prevented my following you yesterday according to your desire.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
Woman is but the complement of man And not a monstrous contrariety.
"The Woman Who Dared" by Epes Sargent
In sheer contrariety and because her refusal had temporarily taken away my senses, I maintained that I knew whereof I spoke.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
Sexual intercourse can be compared to a quarrel, on account of the contrarieties of love and its tendency to dispute.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
I reminded him of the difference, the utter contrariety, between law and grace.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
Take the social relations of the Japanese people as another {6} example of contrariety.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Provoked to imprudence by this sudden contrariety, this strange inconsistence, he made a futile attempt to regain her hand.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
In short, they are an aggregate of contrarieties, and the best logician cannot reconcile them.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Hence, again, a strong source of contrariety between the two sexes.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel

In poetry:

O sweet contest, of woes
With loves, of tears with smiles disputing!
O fair and friendly foes,
Each other kissing and confuting!
While rain and sunshine, cheeks and eyes,
Close in kind contrarieties.
"Saint Mar Magdelene; or, The Weeper" by Richard Crashaw