contrary to popular opinion

Definition of contrary to popular opinion

:despite what many people think
  • Contrary to popular opinion, fame does not always bring happiness.

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

opinion play
  1. : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter

  2. : approval, esteem

  3. : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge


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