One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to intensify a denial of what has just been implied or stated by suggesting that the opposite is the case.‘there was no malice in her; on the contrary, she was very kind’
conversely, in contrast, just the opposite, quite the opposite, just the reverse, quite the reverseView synonyms
- ‘The costumes of the gentlemen guests, on the contrary, were rather dull and too modern-looking.’
- ‘There is nothing disreputable or sinister in this, quite the contrary.’
- ‘And that doesn't make them stupid or insular; quite the contrary, it's a pretty stupid and insular movie in the first place.’
- ‘I would argue that the evidence shows quite the contrary and I will lay out some of that evidence here.’
- ‘But I was pleasantly surprised when I found that this was quite the contrary.’
- ‘And quite the contrary, we have increased oil production.’
- ‘That is not to say that the film is bad, quite the contrary.’
- ‘Your needs do not decrease on retirement, quite the contrary.’
- ‘A liberal secular constitution does not mean intolerance for religious beliefs - quite the contrary.’
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