run counter to

Definition of run counter to

of a thing, such as a belief or theory
:to be opposed to :to disagree with
  • His theory ran counter to the beliefs of his time.

Word by Word Definitions

run play
  1. : to go faster than a walk

  2. : to move at a fast gallop

  3. : flee, retreat, escape

  1. : an act or the action of running : continued rapid movement

  2. : a quickened gallop

  3. : a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. : being in a melted state

  2. : made from molten material : cast in a mold

  3. : having made a migration or spawning run

counter play
  1. : a piece (as of metal or plastic) used in reckoning or in games

  2. : something of value in bargaining : asset

  3. : a level surface (such as a table, shelf or display case) over which transactions are conducted or food is served or on which goods are displayed or work is conducted

  1. : one that counts

  1. : to act in opposition to : oppose

  2. : offset, nullify

  3. : to assert in answer

  1. : in an opposite or wrong direction

  2. : to or toward a different or opposite direction, result, or effect

  1. : contrary, opposite

  2. : the after portion of a boat from the waterline to the extreme outward swell or stern overhang

  3. : the act of making an attack while parrying one (as in boxing)

  1. : marked by or tending toward or in an opposite direction or effect

  2. : given to or marked by opposition, hostility, or antipathy

  3. : situated or lying opposite

  1. : contrary : opposite

  2. : opposing : retaliatory

  3. : complementary : corresponding


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