Synonyms of contrary in English:

contrary


See definition of contrary

adjective

1‘right-wing commentators expressed the contrary view’

SYNONYMS

opposite, opposing, opposed, contradictory, clashing, conflicting, antithetical, incompatible, irreconcilable

different, differing, contrasting, inconsistent, incongruous

reverse, counter

North American informal backasswards

rare oppugnant, antipathic

ANTONYMS

compatible, same

2‘‘I don't know why you have to be so contrary,’ she snapped’

SYNONYMS

perverse, awkward, difficult, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, disobliging, unaccommodating, unreasonable, troublesome, tiresome, annoying, vexatious, disobedient, recalcitrant, refractory, wilful, headstrong, self-willed, capricious, wayward, cross-grained

stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, mulish, pig-headed, bull-headed, intractable

Scottish thrawn

informal cussed

British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy

North American informal balky

archaic froward, contumacious

rare renitent, pervicacious, contrarious

ANTONYMS

accommodating, cooperative, obliging


noun

1‘in fact, the contrary is true’

SYNONYMS

opposite, reverse, converse, antithesis

technical contrariety


Phrases

    contrary to

      ‘the court ruled that the restrictions were contrary to the public interest’

      SYNONYMS

      in conflict with, against, at variance with, at odds with, in opposition to, not in accord with, counter to, conflicting with, incompatible with

      rare

      repugnant

    on the contrary

      ‘there was no malice in her; on the contrary, she was very kind’

      SYNONYMS

      conversely, in contrast, just the opposite, quite the opposite, just the reverse, quite the reverse

      rather, instead