on the contrary

[ kon-trer-ee; for 5 also kuhn-trair-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF on the contrary
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WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Anglo-French contrarie, from Latin contrarius "opposite, opposed," from contra "against" (see contra).

As a noun from late 13c. Related: Contrarily; contrariwise.

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