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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Contraries (Logic) Propositions which directly and destructively contradict each other, but of which the falsehood of one does not establish the truth of the other. "If two universals differ in quality, they are contraries ; as, every vine is a tree; no vine is a tree. These can never be both true together; but they may be both false."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, elephants are not afraid of mice, and they do not have any better memory than any other animal.
    • Contraries things opposite in quality:
    • Contraries (logic) propositions which destroy each other
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  • Sherwood Eddy
    Sherwood Eddy
    “Faith is not contrary to reason”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.”
  • Paul Mccartney
    Paul Mccartney
    “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
    “Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step -- it is an old business procedure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pl. of Contrary (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contrariuscontra, against.


In literature:

But fancy is like, though contrary to feeling, so that we cannot distinguish between these contraries.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
On the contrary, the walls are neatly daubed, plastered with a sort of clay-like mortar.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
I have nothing to ask of your master; on the contrary, I have brought him something.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
The honor, on the contrary, is mine, and I feel overpowered by it.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
But this step had a contrary effect to what they expected.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
They teach us to overrule certain inclinations, whose consequences we understand and which we deem contrary to our interests.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
But how many contrary forces are at work in this formidable creation of a new order of things!
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Miracles Being Violations of Laws of Nature, Contrary to an Unalterable Experience.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
On the contrary, he seemed to redouble his efforts to mortify his son.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Finally, and this will, no doubt, recommend it to the public, it will not increase taxes one cent; but the contrary.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
On the contrary, I was compelled to address it and stamp it then and there, and place it in the post-box in the hall.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
No, for we only adopt it till the contrary be proved.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
Miscegenation, on the other hand, is contrary to the mores.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
On the contrary they exercised the greatest influence over the foundation of a new dynasty.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
On the contrary, there was every probability that the victorious promoters of the bill would be returned by acclamation.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
This elevation of the privative into a contrary, or a contradictory, has been the bane of metaphysical reasoning.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Lisbeth thought you would forget us in your sorrow; but I said, on the contrary, you would not fail to remember our need.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
On the contrary, the history of philosophy presents a definite line of evolution.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Paganism, on the contrary, looked upon the gospel as foolishness, as a hallucination, and upon the cross as a sign of shame.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
But to-day an unusually dark shadow rested upon his brow which contrary to custom even Balder could not succeed in dispelling.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse

In poetry:

Sir Robert Peel
Said it was not genteel
But on the contrary, very rude
To tax the people’s food.
"Clerihew – Peel" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
A bowl may smoothly be ejected,
Yet meet with rubs we ne'er expected.
The passenger his errand sped,
And, ah! contrary turn'd his head.
'Twill human wisdom much advance
To leave but little room for chance.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
In a costly palace Youth is still carest
By a train of attendants which laugh at my young Lord's jest;
In a wretched workhouse the contrary prevails:
Does Age begin to prattle?—no man heark'neth to his tales.
"A Ballad" by Charles Lamb
For thereof come all contraries to gladness!
Thence sickness comes, and overwhelming sadness,
Mistrust and jealousy, despite, debate,
Dishonour, shame, envy importunate,
Pride, anger, mischief, poverty, and madness.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
Saying that the tsar is the head of the faith and that in him is God,
and that he can counsel nothing contrary to the Holy Spirit,
even when he commandeth things which are like crimes,
for in him is the Holy Spirit.
"Anhelli - Chapter 3" by Juliusz Slowacki
TANS. Because both the contraries in excess--that is, in so far as they
exceed--are vices, because they pass the line; and the same, in so far
as they diminish, come to be virtues, because they are contained within
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =Second Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Medicaid's high marks on preventive care contrary to its stingy image.
Augusta uses urban taxes contrary to city charter.
Ancient mollusk tells a contrary story.
Merger contrary to individuals' rights.
Contrary to its name, Siberian wallflower thrives in hot, dry environments.
Front office needs a contrary voice.
Stoops' answer seems contrary to the facts.
Contrary to rumors, knob system still in effect.
No Soul Convertible, Europe Gets Hot Cee'd, Contrary to Reports.
Contrary to Popular Belief, Horse Racing in Maryland and Across the Country is Alive and Well.
Contrary to McNabb's belief, Shanahan vows to tailor Redskins' offense to the rookie QB.
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary .
Contrary to what Paul Lambshead wrote in his Nov 30 letter, "Light rail vote misinterpreted," we voters overwhelmingly rejected light rail on Nov 6.
Now, I'm not anti- hippie — on the contrary, I've often felt cheated by having been a few years too young to truly experience '60s counterculture and its passion for transcendent change.
Long-awaited Devon garage remains closed, despite political hoopla to the contrary.

In science:

Suppose the contrary, i.e. there is an open subset U of PQ contained in A.
On Cebotarev sets
This is in contrary to the special case bound states (F, D5) or (D1, NS5) where only the strong-weak duality behavior can be understood.
On decoupled theories in (5+1) dimensions from (F,D1,NS5,D5) supergravity configuration
Contrary to that the LHC will look for visible decay modes of higgs.
Extra generations and discrepancies of electroweak precision data
On the contrary, the random walk in random environment on the coloured tree behaves very much like a self-averaging problem.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
It is remarkable however that, contrary to Brownian motion whose physical motivation lies in the very definition of the model, the intrinsic physical relevance of random walks was discovered much later, with the development of polymer physics .
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
On the contrary the end repton can retract by moving to the (unique) site occupied by its neighbor with rate B or B−1 .
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
With the Shirkov-Solovtsov prescription, on the contrary, a reasonable agreement with the data is obtained only at the price of using a phenomenological momentum dependent effective mass for the quark.
Infrared behavior of the running coupling constant and bound states in QCD
On the contrary, it would be surprising if most networks did not show the small-world effect.
Random graphs as models of networks
Does this mean then that colliding black holes, contrary to expectation, produce a burst with memory? Not necessarily.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Contrary to the torus quantization, the method introduced in this Letter is not restricted to the Stark effect but can be applied to a large variety of systems with chaotic or mixed regular-chaotic classical dynamics.
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
Contrary to previous methods for scaling systems, all of which contained the analytic evaluation of an integral, the numerical integration imposes no restrictions on the semiclassical response function occurring in the integrand.
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
This results show that, contrary to what has been claimed before (e.g., Cay´on et al. 2000), the optimality of the Mexican hat wavelet does depend on the background spectrum.
On Optimal Detection of Point Sources in CMB Maps
On the contrary, what we shall call a Markov L-coalgebra, that is a graph G with its dynamics induced by ∆ and ˜∆, carry naturally such notions, which emerge by considering only the physical concept of locality.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
For a special but wide class of initial conditions, this model [14, 15] has a very interesting dynamics since, contrary to statistical mechanics expectations, a localized structure (bicluster) appears (see Fig. 1).
Out-of-equilibrium states as statistical equilibria of an effective dynamics
On the contrary for the model on a random graph, the distribution scales with system size, which is indicative of a critical state.
A Nonconservative Earthquake Model of Self-Organized Criticality on a Random Graph