Contrary synonyms

kŏn'trĕr'ē
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Contending or acting against; as, antagonistic forces.
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Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly
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In opposition; adverse; unfavorable
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Feeling abhorrence
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Pertaining to antithesis, or opposition of words and sentiments; containing, or of the nature of, antithesis; contrasted.
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Opposite
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Coming, said, done, etc. before the usual or expected time; premature
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(Not comparable) Opposite; confronting.
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Unfavorable; inauspicious:
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Obstinately in the wrong; stubborn; intractable; hence, wayward; vexing; contrary.
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That contradicts something, such as an argument.
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The definition of headstrong is someone who is stubborn, likes things his own way, imposes his opinion or is unyielding in his opinions and beliefs.
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Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
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Difficult to operate or start:
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The definition of restive is someone who feels nervous when criticized or controlled, or a person or animal that stubbornly refuses to move forward.
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Given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray
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The definition of willful is someone or something that does what they want, or something done on purpose.
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Not yielding to treatment, as a disease
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(Pejorative) Obstinate and stubborn to the point of stupidity.
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Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition
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Note: Cantankerous is generally used to describe an unpleasant elderly person in a slightly pejorative manner. However, the term can be used to people in general, livestock, and machinery as well.
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(By extension) Difficult to deal with; contrary or troublesome.
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(Obs.) Adverse
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(Archaic, of things) Harmful, vexatious.
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A thing related in a converse way; the opposite
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A contrast or opposition
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Opposed
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Being, of having an opponent; not unopposed.
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Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
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Not favorable
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The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
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(Linguistics) A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.
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(Now rare) Discordant; harsh; contrary; unreasonable. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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The definition of ambivalent is someone who is uncertain or lacks the ability to make decisions.
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Diametrically opposed; exactly opposite.
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The definition of averse is having a feeling of distaste or strong opposition.
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Striking, or dashing together; fighting; contending; struggling to resist and overcome.
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(Obsolete) Inclined to contradict or cavil.
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Designating an opposite, a contrary, a difference, etc. that is wholly so; complete
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Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
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(Geology) of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation
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Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
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Impossible to be held simultaneously by one person:
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Of an assertion, that is contradictory or not supported.
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Difficult to mold or manipulate:
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That does not conform, either to the rules of an established church, or to official regulations
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Seemingly full of contradictions
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Opposite in character, nature, direction, etc.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion:
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The definition of repugnant is something that is extremely offensive, contradictory or antagonistic.
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Going into effect as of a specified date in the past
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(Botany) Reversed.
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The southern hemisphere
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Something that is contrary.
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Having close resemblance; similar:
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Having almost or exactly the same qualities, characteristics, etc.; similar; equal
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Having a resemblance in appearance or nature; alike though not identical.
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antagonistic; opposite
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Having similar or conforming feelings, ideas, interests, etc.; in accord
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(With to or with) Conforming; obedient.
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Harmonious; agreeing.
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Of the same or similar nature or kind:
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Ready to do favors for others; accommodating.
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Affording, or disposed to afford, accommodation; obliging; helpful; as an accommodating man, spirit, arrangement.
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Of or relating to an antonym or antonyms.
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Of, or being an antonym
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Of or relating to a diameter; diametral
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That opposes or oppose; on the opposite side.
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Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage:
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Unacceptable; intolerable:
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Something directly opposite or diametrically opposed
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(Semantics) A word which has the opposite meaning of another, although not necessarily in all its senses.
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A proposition derived by negating and permuting the terms of another, equivalent proposition; for example, All not-Y is not-X is the contrapositive of All X is Y.
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Providing or having to do with support
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Given to acting in opposition to others
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Not observant; not religious; not participating in the observance of religion.
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Not adjustable; that cannot be adjusted.
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Synonym Study

  • Balky implies a stopping short and stubbornly refusing to go on See also syn. study at opposite.
  • Restive is applied to those who are impatient under restraint or discipline and hence are hard to control or keep in order
  • Perverse implies an unreasonable obstinacy in deviating from what is considered right or acceptable
  • Contrary , in this comparison, implies a habitual willful disinclination to accept orders, advice, etc.
Find another word for contrary. In this page you can discover 86 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for contrary, like: antagonistic, hostile, inimical, abhorrent, antithetical, counter, clashing, untimely, adverse, unpropitious and perverse.