Definition of "contrariness" [con•tra•ri•ness]

  • Opposed in nature, position, etc (adjective)
  • Perverse; obstinate (adjective)
  • (esp of wind) adverse; unfavourable (adjective)
  • (of plant parts) situated at right angles to each other (adjective)
  • (of a pair of propositions) related so that they cannot both be true at once, although they may both be false together (adjective)
  • The exact opposite (esp in the phrase to the contrary) (noun)
  • Either of two exactly opposite objects, facts, or qualities (noun)
  • A statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true (noun)
  • In an opposite or unexpected way (adverb)
  • In conflict (with) or contravention (of) (adverb)
  • The state of being contrary (noun)

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Use "contrariness" in a sentence
  • "If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it."
  • "To be believable to the reader, they can’t be blatantly contradictory ie today they hate Jane, tomorrow they love Jane – unless that very contrariness is part of the plot."
  • "By a natural perversity of disposition, which my nursemaids called contrariness,"