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contra

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preposition con·tra \ˈkän-trə\

Definition of contra

  1. 1 :  against —used chiefly in the phrase pro and contra

  2. 2 :  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


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noun con·tra \ˈkän-trə, ˈkōn-, -ˌträ\

Definition of contra

  1. :  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


contra-

prefix con·tra

Definition of contra-

  1. 1 :  against :  contrary :  contrasting <contradistinction>

  2. 2 :  pitched below normal bass <contrabassoon>



Origin of contra-

Middle English, from Latin, from contra against, opposite — more at counter


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