1200–50; Middle English contrarie
< Latin contrārius.
contrarily [kon-trer-uh-lee, kuh n-trair-] /ˈkɒn trɛr ə li, kənˈtrɛər-/ Show IPA, adverbcontrariness, nounquasi-contrarily, adverbquasi-contrary, adjective
contradictory, conflicting, counter. See opposite
unfriendly, hostile. Contrary, adverse
both describe something that opposes. Contrary
conveys an idea of something impersonal and objective whose opposition happens to be unfavorable: contrary winds. Adverse
suggests something more personally unfriendly or even hostile; it emphasizes the idea of the resulting misfortune to that which is opposed: The judge rendered a decision adverse to the defendant. 5.
intractable, obstinate, headstrong, stubborn, pig-headed.