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[kuh n-trair-ee-uh n] /kənˈtrɛər i ən/
a person who takes an opposing view, especially one who rejects the majority opinion, as in economic matters.
Origin of contrarian Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contrarian
  • In the wrong environment, your innately contrarian spirit may be perceived as hostile or even insubordinate.
  • But a new, contrarian school of thought is emerging.
  • In fact, the patterns were so impressive that they started to bring out my contrarian side.
  • They kept chickens, geese, and a dozen or so contrarian turkeys.
  • The disposable-versus-rechargeable battery debate seems ripe for a contrarian conclusion.
  • All this ought to be the point of maximum pessimism where contrarian investors start buying.
  • If the hypothesis can not explain this contrarian data, it has no power.
  • But he then unwisely decides to be contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.
  • The mob's behaviour might still be useful if it acted as a contrarian indicator.
  • But hey, the contrarian investor always gets the profit.
British Dictionary definitions for contrarian


  1. a contrary or obstinate person
  2. (as modifier): a contrarian investor, contrarian instincts
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Word Origin and History for contrarian

1963, from contrary + -ian.

To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are, and not something you do. [Christopher Hitchens, "Letters to a Young Contrarian," 2001]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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