contrariwise

adverb con·trari·wise \ ˈkän-ˌtrer-ē-ˌwīz , kən-ˈtrer- \

Definition of contrariwise

1 : on the contrary
3 : in a contrary manner

Examples of contrariwise in a Sentence

  1. the rock singer is hardly a carouser; contrariwise, he totally abstains from alcohol

First Known Use of contrariwise

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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contrariwise Synonyms

Near Antonyms

even, indeed, nay, true, truly, verily, yea;

Phrases

if anything, on the contrary, to the contrary;


CONTRARIWISE Defined for English Language Learners

contrariwise

Definition of contrariwise for English Language Learners

  • : in an opposite or very different way



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