• WordNet 3.6
    • n contrariness a fussy and eccentric disposition
    • n contrariness deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne
    • n Contrariness state or quality of being contrary; opposition; inconsistency; contrariety; perverseness; obstinacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1995, each American used an annual average of 731 pounds of paper, more than double the amount used in the 1980s. Contrary to predictions that computers would displace paper, consumption is growing.
    • n contrariness Contrariety; opposition; antagonism.
    • n contrariness Perverseness; habitual obstinacy.
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  • Marguerite Duras
    “Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.”
  • Edward Varese
    Edward Varese
    “Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs.”
  • Proverb
    “Contraries are cured by contraries.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.”
  • Confucius
    “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.”


In literature:

I think, on the contrary, that I am very rich.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Aalbom, on the contrary, did not change his manner so readily.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
On the contrary, Vaudrey was quite charming.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
Yes, madam, and in every instance where you go contrary to my will, you act upon her principles.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
On the contrary, the music and poetry give them such reality as they possess.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
A contrary conduct in Great Britain will occasion, them to adopt the contrary system, at least as to that island.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
On the contrary, if the people of Paris should readily adopt the use of salted provisions, the good would result which is before mentioned.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And is not that supposition wholly contrary to the natural impression which we all receive in reading the play?
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
The Synod has distinctly uttered a contrary sentiment, i.e.
"History and Ecclesiastical Relations of the Churches of the Presbyterial Order at Amoy, China" by J. V. N. Talmage
One cannot be contrary to one part without being contrary to the whole.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz

In poetry:

"There is no other way for love to flow,
Whenever it springs in a woman's breast;
With the tide of its own heart it must go,
And run contrary to all the rest."
"The Well Of Saint John" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
All nature of all things began to be.
But chiefliest in the spirit (beast or man,
Planet of heaven or blossom of earth or sea)
The divine contraries of life began.
"Genesis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"Ah! see, little girl," then her mother replied,
"How foolish those murmurs have been;
You have but to look on the contrary side,
To learn both your folly and sin.
"A True Story" by Ann Taylor
Your state to ours is contrary,
That makes you think us poor,
So Black-moors think us foul, and we
Are quit with them, and more,
Nothing can see
And judge of things but mediocrity.
"A Paradox, That The Sick Are In A Better Case Than The Whole" by George Herbert
On the contrary, such the "chaste notions" of food
that dwell in each pale manufacturer's heart,
They would scorn any law, be it every so good,
That would make thee, dear Goddess, less dear than thou art!
"Ode to the Goddess Ceres" by Thomas Moore
TANS. Now follows the disagreement between the mother and the aforesaid
children, who having, contrary to her orders, opened their eyes, and,
having fixed them on the splendour of the object, they remained in
company with the heart.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =Fourth Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Officials previously indicated that it had been a soup that was served, contrary to the investigation's report.
Contrary to conventional opinion that international prices will fall to $80-90/b into 2013, the investment bank sees things differently.
Contrary to what many believe, higher food prices do not equal more money for farmers.
Another section of the proposed Village Specific Plan, which is contrary to the adopted Community Plan, is the allowance of 140 residential units in the downtown commercial zone.
But to the contrary, December can be one of the best times to look for a job.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the more consumers snack, the healthier their eating behaviors, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.
Few people would argue to the contrary.
A Life to the Contrary .
Stand-up comedy, contrary to what some might think, doesn't get any easier as you get older.
Polling station asks for ID, contrary to WI law.
Contrary to recent ad, Jeep will stay in the U.S. Jump to Navigation.
Quite the contrary, in fact.
Contrary to the macho James Bond image it may conjure, heliskiing at first seemed to me like a sport for lightweights.
"As carbon dioxide levels have continued to increase, global temperatures flattened out, contrary to the models" used by climate scientists and the United Nations.

In science:

In order to show that g is injective, let us assume to the contrary that Ker g ≃ Ker g ′ is non-zero.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
We have measured c(t) for equal masses in a finite system in the canonical ensemble (not in the zero-momentum ensemble, contrary to Dhar’s comment).
Reply to comment on "Simple one-dimensional model of heat conduction which obeys Fourier's law"
For the same vo lume there is work transformed into heat not the contrary.
The Energy-Entropy Principle
Moreover, the assumption that (M, g) is AF is contrary to the spirit of general relativity.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
For the RFPC it is more or less trivial that the overlap between the GS and the T > 0 state stays close to one, contrary to e.g. spin glasses where this question may still be open to a debate.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain