noun (plural -eties) Etymology: Middle English contrariete, from Anglo-French contrarieté, from Late Latin contrarietat-, contrarietas, from Latin contrarius contrary Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being contrary 2. something contrary

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  • contrariety — late 14c., from O.Fr. contrarieté, from L.L. contrarietatem (nom. contrarietas) opposition, noun of quality from contrarius (see CONTRARY (Cf. contrary)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrariety — [kän΄trə rī′ə tē] n. [ME contrarieté < OFr < LL contrarietas < L contrarius] 1. the condition or quality of being contrary 2. pl. contrarieties anything that is contrary; inconsistency or discrepancy …   English World dictionary

  • Contrariety — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Noncoincidence. < N PARAG:Contrariety >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contrariety contrariety contrast foil antithesis oppositeness Sgm: N 1 contradiction contradiction Sgm: N 1 antagonism antagonism &c.(opposition) 708 …   English dictionary for students

  • contrariety — noun /kɒntrəˈraɪəti/ Opposition or contrariness; cross purposes, marked contrast. This contrariety of humours betwixt my father and my uncle, was the source of many a fraternal squabble …   Wiktionary

  • contrariety — /kon treuh ruy i tee/, n., pl. contrarieties for 2. 1. the quality or state of being contrary. 2. something contrary or of opposite character; a contrary fact or statement. 3. Logic. the relation between contraries. [1350 1400; ME contrariete ( < …   Universalium

  • contrariety — Synonyms and related words: abominability, accord, addition, adjunct, affairs, affiliation, affinity, alliance, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, approximation, assemblage, association, asymmetry, backlash, bad blood, baseness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contrariety — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. opposition, obstinacy; antagonism, disagreement, disobedience. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The condition of being in conflict: antagonism, antithesis, contradiction, contradistinction,… …   English dictionary for students

  • contrariety — con·tra·ri·e·ty || ‚kÉ’ntrÉ™ raɪətɪ n. inconsistency; lack of agreement …   English contemporary dictionary

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