Definition of contrary noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



see also contrary2the contrary[singular]
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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    showing or proving the opposite Show me some evidence to the contrary (= proving that something is not true). I will expect to see you on Sunday unless I hear anything to the contrary (= that you are not coming).
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