- Opposition or contrariness; cross-purposes, marked contrast.
Etymology: From Old (and modern) French contrariété, from late Latin contrarietas, from contrarius, from contra "against". Compare contrary.
- 1759: This 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 between that and the current, and the billows rose and fell unbroken. " w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
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