cross-purpose cross"-pur`pose (-p?r`p?s), n. 1. A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory. --Shaftesbury. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

{To be at cross-purposes}, to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it; -- said of persons. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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