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contrariety n : the relation between contraries

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From Old (and modern) French contrariété, from late Latin contrarietas, from contrarius, from contra ‘against’. Compare contrary.




  1. Opposition or contrariness; cross-purposes, marked contrast.
    • 1759: This contrariety of humours betwixt my father and my uncle, was the source of many a fraternal squabble. — Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 61)
    • 1883: The wind blowing steady and gentle from the south, thee was no contrariety between that and the current, and the billows rose and fell unbroken. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Extensive Definition


Social science and psychology

In some countries where there is more than one "nation" in the state or identity is otherwise confused, there may be a debate over what the nation's real identity is, see:


  • Accounting identity, a basic accounting relation that must hold by definition
  • Corporate identity, the physical manifestation of a business brand
  • Identity theft, the deliberate appropriation of someone else's identity (without that person's permission) for criminal purposes

Computer science


Television, film, music and literature

contrariety in Spanish: Identidad
contrariety in French: Identité
contrariety in Italian: Identità
contrariety in Dutch: Identiteit
contrariety in Japanese: アイデンティティー
contrariety in Polish: Tożsamość
contrariety in Russian: Тождество
contrariety in Simple English: Identity
contrariety in Slovenian: Identiteta
contrariety in Finnish: Identiteetti (täsmennyssivu)
contrariety in Swedish: Identitet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abominability, accord, addition, adjunct, affairs, affiliation, affinity, alliance, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, approximation, assemblage, association, asymmetry, backlash, bad blood, baseness, beastliness, bond, clashing, closeness, collision, combination, competition, con, conflict, confrontation, confrontment, confutation, connectedness, connection, contemptibility, contention, contiguity, contradiction, contradistinction, contraposition, contrariness, contrast, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, crankiness, cross-purposes, crotchetiness, crudeness, dealings, deduction, departure, despicability, despicableness, deviation, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disconformity, discongruity, discordance, discrepancy, discreteness, disequilibrium, disgustingness, disjunction, disparity, disproportion, dissension, dissent, dissimilarity, dissonance, distinction, distinctness, divergence, divergency, diversity, enmity, far cry, filiation, foulness, fractiousness, friction, fulsomeness, grossness, harshness, hatefulness, heinousness, heterogeneity, homology, hostility, ignobility, imbalance, inaccordance, inadequacy, incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, inequality, inequity, inharmoniousness, inharmony, inimicalness, injustice, insufficiency, intercourse, interference, intimacy, irreconcilability, irregularity, junction, kick, liaison, link, linkage, linking, loathsomeness, mixture, mutual attraction, nastiness, nauseousness, nearness, negativeness, noisomeness, noncompliance, nonconcurrence, nonconformance, nonconformism, nonconformity, noncooperation, nonobservance, nonuniformity, noxiousness, objectionability, objectionableness, obnoxiousness, obscenity, obstinacy, odds, odiousness, offensiveness, opposing, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, originality, otherness, overbalance, perverseness, polar opposition, polarity, polarization, posing against, propinquity, protest, proximity, putridity, putridness, rapport, reaction, rebarbativeness, recalcitrance, recoil, recusance, recusancy, refractoriness, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, renitency, repellence, repellency, repercussion, repugnance, repulsiveness, resistance, revolt, rivalry, rottenness, separateness, shortcoming, similarity, swimming upstream, sympathy, tie, tie-in, unbalance, unconformity, uncooperativeness, unevenness, unfair discrimination, union, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unspeakableness, variance, variation, variegation, variety, vileness, vying
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