con·​trar·​i·​ous kən-ˈtrer-ē-əs How to pronounce contrarious (audio)

Word History


Middle English, "opposite. different, contrary, adverse, antagonistic," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin contrāriōsus, from Latin contrārius "opposite, opposed, contrary entry 2" + -ōsus -ous

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contrarious was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Contrarious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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