preposition con·tra \ˈkän-trə\

Definition of CONTRA

:  against —used chiefly in the phrase pro and contra
:  in opposition or contrast to

Examples of CONTRA

  1. <a roundup of editorials pro and contra the proposed constitutional amendment>

Origin of CONTRA

Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to CONTRA

against, agin [dialect], anti
for, pro


noun con·tra \ˈkän-trə, ˈkōn-, -ˌträ\

Definition of CONTRA

:  a member of a guerrilla group opposed to the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s

Origin of CONTRA

American Spanish, short for contrarrevolucionario counterrevolutionary
First Known Use: 1981

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
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categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
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