contrary to popular belief

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of contrary to popular belief

: despite what many people believe
  • Contrary to popular belief, these animals are not really dangerous to humans.

Word by Word Definitions

contrary play
  1. : a fact or condition incompatible with another : opposite

  2. : one of a pair of opposites

  3. : a proposition (see 1proposition 2a) so related to another that though both may be false they cannot both be true — compare subcontrary

  1. : being so different as to be at opposite extremes : opposite

  2. : being not in conformity with what is usual or expected

  3. : unfavorable

  1. : contrariwise, contrarily

popular play
  1. : of or relating to the general public

  2. : suitable to the majority: such as

  3. : adapted to or indicative of the understanding and taste of the majority

belief play
  1. : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing

  2. : something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed

  3. : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence


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