by contraries
phrasal obsolete in a manner opposite to what is logical or expected

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dreams go by contraries — c 1400 Beryn (EETS) 1.108 Comynly of these swevenys [dreams] the contrary man shul fynde. 1584 LYLY Sappho & Phao IV. iii. I dreamed last night, but I hope dreams are contrary, that..all my hair blazed on a bright flame. 1673 W. WYCHERLEY… …   Proverbs new dictionary

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  • contrary — adjective 1. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say kontruhree) opposite in nature or character; diametrically opposed; mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary propositions. 2. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say kontruhree) opposite in direction or position. 3. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say …   Australian English dictionary

  • contrary — contrarily /kon trer euh lee, keuhn trair /, adv. contrariness, n. /kon trer ee/; for 5 also /keuhn trair ee/, adj., n., pl. contraries, adv. adj. 1. opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary… …   Universalium

  • contrary — [kän′trer΄ē; ] for adj.4, often [ kən trer′ē] adj. [ME contrarie < OFr contraire < L contrarius, opposite, opposed < contra, against] 1. opposed; in opposition [contrary to the rules] 2. opposite in nature, order, direction, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • Glossary of rhetorical terms — Rhetorical Theory is a subject rife with jargon and special terminology. This page explains commonly used rhetorical terms in alphabetical order. The brief definitions here are intended to serve as a quick reference rather than an in depth… …   Wikipedia

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

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