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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 occurrence 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 opposition to something. There's no way we can get all these documents scanned in a week, contrary to what the boss thinks. Contrary to popular opinion, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.
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contrary to popular belief

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

on the contrary

Opposite to what someone has just said. Our business is not receding. On the contrary, we are experiencing a very robust level of growth. A: "Don't you hate Brussels sprouts?" B: "On the contrary, I think they can be very tasty—if they're cooked the right way."
See also: contrary, on

to the contrary

Opposite to what has just been said. Our business is not receding; to the contrary, we are experiencing a very robust level of growth. A: "Don't you hate Brussels sprouts?" B: "To the contrary, I think they can be very tasty—if they're cooked the right way."
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by contraries

In a manner that differs from or is opposite to one's expectations. This situation is especially maddening because it always seems to change by contraries.
See also: by, contrary

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

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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contrary to popular beˈlief/oˈpinion

although it is not what most people consider to be true: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk.

on the ˈcontrary

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ˌquite the ˈcontrary

used to emphasize that the opposite of what has been said is true: It’s not that I don’t like him — on the contrary, he seems very pleasant.I don’t find him funny at all. Quite the contrary.
See also: contrary, on

to the ˈcontrary

showing or proving the opposite: Unless you hear from me to the contrary, expect me on Friday at about 6 o’clock.She was convinced that John was not capable of murder, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.
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by contraries

Obsolete
In opposition to what is expected.
See also: by, contrary

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.
See also: contrary
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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.
But between Holly's instinctual contrariness and Patrick's blatant violation of the unwritten rules of organized vice, the deck's stacked against them.
But they also found issues of distrust, a lack of openness and a brand of civic contrariness that complicate the process.
My contrariness springs from the research I and others conducted during the late '80s and '90s, most of which has appeared in journals, including CW, and my book Top Dog [McGraw-Hill, 1995].
Although this is, perhaps, Hirst's gift to Australian historiography: his ability to freely criticise work across the entire spectrum of historical and political opinion, to maintain a decisive contrariness against the most doctrinaire and dogmatic elements within contemporary Australian society.
The indomitable James Woods, notorious for a tenacity that some believe borders on downright contrariness, is no friend of the complications of the Hollywood system; and yet, having appeared in over ninety films including Videodrome (1983), Nixon (1995), Contact (1997), Any Given Sunday (1999), and Northfork (2003), he has been extremely successful at turning "bucking the system" into a career.
As I write this, advocates for equality are feverishly probing Roberts's past in search of any glint of the bigotry and contrariness that shine off justices Scalia and Thomas.
The antidote to this high-minded poison is the old school English liberalism that Pritchett celebrates in London Perceived (1962), his tribute to his beloved native city: "London talk has a horror of conclusions," London architecture is "the expression of an ebullient individualism," and London contrariness boasts "a love of our rebellions and heresies.
It is not just the historical conclusions that rankle--that belief in ideas died with the end of the Cold War or that the end of the Cold War led to the ascendancy of identity that has distracted us from attention to economic inequality (his real beef here)--but also the willful contrariness of the book's narrative of literary history and the readings of individual literary works that support that narrative.
Goldblatt displays no arbitrary contrariness, but he does depart from baseball's conventional myths in two respects.
His third set, while lacking the quirky contrariness of its predecessor, still has much to enjoy and boasts cameos by the likes of Aimee Mann and Barenaked Ladies.
I would take polite issue with this choice, since by opting for a director who in the West embodies a spirit of contrariness in Soviet cinema, we may be reinstating the very binarism of dogma that this book wishes to sidestep.
All societies are made up of different and often conflicting manners and sorts of people--people divided by loyalties to organisations or movements they belong to or people who don't feel they belong to anything; people divided by the work they do (of the work they don't do), the regions they live in, their ways of life, their age, sex, sexuality and education; people who live in all kinds of families, or not in families at all; people of many faiths, both secular and religious; people of many ethnic backgrounds, people with many different conventional wisdoms and with many different ways of making sense of their lives and of filling in their time, in their contrariness going on in all kinds of different ways.
However, based on the written record, Alte's contrariness, the Countrymans' extensive kinship network in the immediate vicinity, and Levi's role as both a creditor and debtor in land transactions coincided to create conditions that kept the family together in Nininger Township.