adjective Date: 13th century perverse, antagonistic

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  • Contrarious — Con*tra ri*ous, a. [LL. contrariosus: cf. OF. contrarios contralius.] Showing contrariety; repugnant; perverse. [Archaic] Milton. [1913 Webster] She flew contrarious in the face of God. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrarious — index adverse (opposite), contradictory, discordant, hostile, lawless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • contrarious — [kən trer′ē əs] adj. [ME < ML contrariosus < L contrarius] Now Chiefly Dial. contrary; esp., perverse …   English World dictionary

  • contrarious — contrariously, adv. contrariousness, n. /keuhn trair ee euhs/, adj. 1. Chiefly Appalachian. perverse; refractory. 2. Archaic. adverse; unfavorable. [1250 1300; ME ( < AF) < L contrarius CONTRARY; see OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • contrarious — noun a) Tending to counter, oppose, resist, argue. b) Harmful, vexatious. Syn: contradictory, lippy, refractory, willful …   Wiktionary

  • contrarious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Given to acting in opposition to others: balky, contrary, difficult, froward, impossible, ornery, perverse, wayward. See ATTITUDE, SUPPORT …   English dictionary for students

  • contrarious — con·trar·i·ous …   English syllables

  • contrarious — con•trar•i•ous [[t]kənˈtrɛər i əs[/t]] adj. dial. perverse; refractory • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME (< AF) < Lcontrārius contrary; see ous con•trar′i•ous•ly, adv. con•trar′i•ous•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • contrarious — adjective difficult to deal with • Syn: ↑cross grained • Similar to: ↑stubborn, ↑obstinate, ↑unregenerate …   Useful english dictionary

  • contrary — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. opposed, opposite, counter, conflicting, contradictory; unfavorable, adverse; captious, willful, perverse; hostile, antagonistic. See opposition, negation, obstinacy.Ant., favorable; obliging. II… …   English dictionary for students

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