Contrary motion
Contrary Con"tra*ry (? or ?; 48), a. [OE. contrarie, contraire, F. contraire, fr. L. contrarius, fr. contra. See {Contra-}.] 1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. [1913 Webster]

And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me. --Lev. xxvi. 21. [1913 Webster]

We have lost our labor; they are gone a contrary way. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent. [1913 Webster]

Fame, if not double-faced, is double mouthed, And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be contrary to the sacred Scripture. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child. [1913 Webster]

4. (Logic) Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions. [1913 Webster]

{Contrary motion} (Mus.), the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.

Syn: Adverse; repugnant; hostile; inimical; discordant; inconsistent. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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