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contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular opinion, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.

contrary to all reason

Despite what definitely should be the case. Describes an occurence that is unthinkable or unimaginable. And then, contrary to all reason, I found that my bank account was totally depleted. There should have still been thousands of dollars in there!
See also: all, contrary, reason

contrary to something

in spite of something that seems to suggest otherwise; regardless of something else. Contrary to what you might think, I am neat and tidy. Contrary to public opinion, my uncle is well and healthy.
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to the contrary

 and on the contrary
as the opposite of what has been stated; contrary to what has been stated. The brown horse didn't beat the black horse. To the contrary, the black one won. Among spiders, the male is not the larger one. On the contrary, the female is larger.
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on the contrary

just the opposite, esp. of something said or believed The evidence of history, on the contrary, shows that these ancient people had a very advanced culture.
Usage notes: often used to disagree with someone or something and to present new information
See also: contrary, on

to the contrary

suggesting or showing that the opposite is true Unless you have specific information to the contrary, it is obvious that she is lying.
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contrary to popular belief/opinion

something that you say before you make a statement that is the opposite of what most people believe Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is not always better than tap water.
See also: belief, contrary, popular

on the contrary

It's the opposite, as in Is his shoulder hurting?-On the contrary, it's all better, or We thought you didn't like opera.-On the contrary, I love it. This phrase, at first put as by or for or in the contrary, dates from the late 1300s; on has been used since the mid-1800s.
See also: contrary, on

to the contrary

To the opposite effect, in denial, as in No matter what they say to the contrary, I am positive that he was present. This idiom was first recorded in 1512. Also see on the contrary.
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by contraries

In opposition to what is expected.
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on the contrary

In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
See also: contrary, on

to the contrary

To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.
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Language that insists on singularity and homogeneity, simultaneously and processually registers the contrariness of contingency.
Helping students experience the contrariness and elusive qualities upon which our thinking is grounded, generates an understanding that conceptualization alone cannot accomplish.
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The contrariness of Naipaul in rejecting each of his three countries as not being his home is thus not really contrariness but a recognition--on his pulse--of this home truth.
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He was nota strict adherent to this or any artistic current; Marco Livingstone suggests that his "certain contrariness always led him to back off or even to redetine his position in relation to forms or styles that he had helped originate" (Livingstone 10).
And this contrariness, alone, seems to put them at odds with the great mass of lumpen investors, allowing them to make more--or, often less--than the common results.
And then Gray's legendary contrariness would kick in, as he described how people lived through the 1920s and '30s without help from "the esoteric hallucinations of Socialism, Fascism or Social Credit.
He suggests that Abbey's philosophy and aesthetic is best described as a model of contradiction and contrariness that displays a marked resistance to control and an attraction to the paradoxical and irreconcilable.
Far from implying the pursuit of a pre-ordained plan that sees everything in the glowing light of future perfection, as many contributions made clear the utopian impulse can engage the complex real contrariness of human existence: our imperfectability, our orneriness, the persistence of identifications that support our pretensions to immortality, and so on.
Brown's sulks, moods, constant contrariness and perpetual glowering was a destructive force that alienated most of his senior colleagues - Cook, Prescott, Milburn, Byers, and, very publicly, Charles Clarke, among them.
The book is a testament to human complexity and unpredictability, contradictoriness and contrariness, some of what we all partake of, albeit on nowhere near so grand a scale.
Speaking about the English dissolution of the monasteries, Irwin goes on to give the TV audience an example of the contrariness that Bennett finds so annoying:
But they also found issues of distrust, a lack of openness and a brand of civic contrariness that complicate the process.
12) His contrariness earned him the moniker the "Lone Ranger," and his clerks presented him with a Lone Ranger doll, which sat on the mantel in his office for many years.