con·​tra·​ri·​ety | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈrī-ə-tē \
plural contrarieties

Definition of contrariety

1 : the quality or state of being contrary
2 : something contrary

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Synonyms & Antonyms for contrariety


contrariness, oppositeness, opposition, polarity


identicalness, sameness

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Examples of contrariety in a Sentence

the inescapable contrariety of her chief interests: food and a desire for supermodel svelteness

First Known Use of contrariety

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contrariety

Middle English contrariete, from Anglo-French contrarieté, from Late Latin contrarietat-, contrarietas, from Latin contrarius contrary

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The first known use of contrariety was in the 14th century

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