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contrary

1. (esp of wind) adverse; unfavourable
2. (of plant parts) situated at right angles to each other
3. Logic (of a pair of propositions) related so that they cannot both be true at once, although they may both be false together
4. Logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true
References in classic literature ?
On the contrary, he was fond of long talks and long smokings, and evidently was proud of his new friend, the bald-headed chief, and took a pleasure in sounding his praises, and setting forth the power and glory of the Big Hearts of the East.
In a recent work, we have had to speak of this tribe of Indians from the experience of other traders who had casually been among them, and who represented them as selfish, inhospitable, exorbitant in their dealings, and much addicted to thieving; Captain Bonneville, on the contrary, who resided much among them, and had repeated opportunities of ascertaining their real character, invariably speaks of them as kind and hospitable, scrupulously honest, and remarkable, above all other Indians that he had met with, for a strong feeling of religion.