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Definition of contrary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

contrary1

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɒntrəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntreri//
 
 
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  • the contrary [singular] the opposite fact, event or situation In the end the contrary was proved true: he was innocent and she was guilty.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French contrarie, from Latin contrarius, from contra ‘against’. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French contrarie, from Latin contrarius, from contra ‘against’.Idioms 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.’ used to emphasize that the opposite of what has been said is true I don't find him funny at all. Quite the contrary. 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).
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contrary