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contrary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of contrary

  1. 1 being as different as possible the other jurors seemed sure the defendant was guilty, but I came to the contrary conclusion Synonyms of contrary antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, opposite, diametric (or diametrical), polarWords Related to contrary adverse, negative, unfavorable; antagonistic, antipathetic, counter, cross, hostile; converse, inverse, obverse, reverse; alien, disparate, dissimilar, divergent, unalike, unlikeNear Antonyms of contrary alike, analogous, like, similar; equivalent, identical, same; synonymousAntonyms of contrary noncontradictory

  2. 2 engaging in or marked by childish misbehavior a contrary child who wouldn't behave Synonyms of contrary bad, naughty, errant, froward, misbehaving, mischievousWords Related to contrary defiant, disrespectful, ill-mannered, ill-natured, impolite, improper, impudent, indecorous, insolent, rude, uncouth, unmannerly; disobedient, headstrong, intractable, obstreperous, recalcitrant, refractory, transgressing, unruly, untoward, willful (or wilful); balky, restive, uncontrollable, ungovernable, wayward, wild; arch, elfish, impish, knavish, monkeying, monkeyish, ornery, pixieish, prankish, rascally, roguish, waggish; dissolute, perverse, wrongheaded; disorderly, rowdy, ruffianly; corrupt, evil, wicked; insurgent, mutinous, rebellious; disobliging, inconsiderate, selfish, thoughtless, unkind, unkindly; babyish, childish, immature, infantile, jejune, juvenile, kiddish, puerileNear Antonyms of contrary acquiescent, compliant, complying, dutiful, obedient, submissive; clean, correct, decent, decorous, moral, proper, respectable; considerate, courteous, kindly, mannerly, polite, thoughtful; angelic (or angelical), cherubic, divine, heavenly; amenable, docile, governable, tractable; amiable, complaisant, good-natured, obliging, pleasant; discreet, modest; adult, grown-up, matureAntonyms of contrary behaved, behaving, nice, orderly

  3. 3 given to resisting authority or another's control the contrary soldier is facing a court-martial for insubordination Synonyms of contrary balky, disobedient, contumacious, defiant, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful)Words Related to contrary noncooperative, uncooperative; insurgent, mutinous; adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, negativistic, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding; fractious, restive, uncontrollable, unmanageable, wild; perverse, resistant, wrongheaded; bad, disorderly, errant, misbehaving, mischievous, monkeying, monkeyish, naughty; undisciplined; dissident, nonconformist; discourteous, disrespectful, ill-bred, ill-mannered, ill-natured, impertinent, impolite, impudent, inconsiderate, insolent, ornery, rude, uncivil, uncouth, ungracious, unmannerlyNear Antonyms of contrary acquiescent, agreeable, amiable, cooperative, deferential, obliging; yielding; behaved, disciplined, well-bred; courteous, polite, respectful; kowtowing, obsequious, servile, slavish, subservient; decorous, mannerly, orderly, proper; controllable, governable, manageable, trainableAntonyms of contrary amenable, biddable, compliant, conformable, docile, obedient, ruly, submissive, tractable

Synonym Discussion of contrary

contrary, perverse, restive, balky, wayward mean inclined to resist authority or control. contrary implies a temperamental unwillingness to accept orders or advice.
    • a contrary child
perverse may imply wrongheaded, determined, or cranky opposition to what is reasonable or normal.
    • a perverse, intractable critic
restive suggests unwillingness or inability to submit to discipline or follow orders.
    • tired soldiers growing restive
balky suggests a refusing to proceed in a desired direction or course of action.
    • a balky witness
wayward suggests strong-willed capriciousness and irregularity in behavior.
    • a school for wayward youths

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contrary

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of contrary

  1. something that is as different as possible from something else the admonition that we should not return hate with hate, but rather with its contrary—love Synonyms of contrary antipode, antithesis, opposite, counter, negative, obverse, reverseWords Related to contrary negation; antonym; counterpoint; converse, inverse, mirror imageNear Antonyms of contrary synonym; analogue (or analog), counterpart; carbon copy, copy, duplicate, replica



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