contrariness
noun see contrary II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Contrariness — Con tra*ri*ness, n. state or quality of being contrary; opposition; inconsistency; contrariety; perverseness; obstinacy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrariness — index antipode, conflict, contradiction, difference, disaccord, disagreement, impugnation, incongruity …   Law dictionary

  • contrariness — late 14c., state of being contrary, from CONTRARY (Cf. contrary) + NESS (Cf. ness). Meaning fondness of opposition is from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrariness — contrary ► ADJECTIVE 1) opposite in nature, direction, or meaning. 2) (of two or more statements, beliefs, etc.) opposed to one another. 3) perversely inclined to do the opposite of what is expected or desired. ► NOUN (the contrary) ▪ the… …   English terms dictionary

  • contrariness — See contrarily. * * * …   Universalium

  • contrariness — noun The state of being contrary …   Wiktionary

  • contrariness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The condition of being in conflict: antagonism, antithesis, contradiction, contradistinction, contraposition, contrariety, opposition, polarity. See SUPPORT …   English dictionary for students

  • contrariness — con·tra·ri·ness || kÉ’ntrÉ™rɪnɪs n. stubborn opposition, antagonism; opposing direction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contrariness — con·trar·i·ness …   English syllables

  • contrariness — noun 1. deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline • Syn: ↑perversity, ↑perverseness • Derivationally related forms: ↑perverse (for: ↑perverseness), ↑perverse ( …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”