Share this entry
contrariety Line breaks: con¦trar|iety
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntrəˈrʌɪəti/

Definition of contrariety in English:


[mass noun]
1 Logic Contrary opposition.
Example sentences
  • Does the sentence express a sort of opposition, either contradiction or contrariety etc.?
  • The four that can attain this mark, because they depend solely upon the intrinsic properties of ideas, are resemblance, contrariety, degrees in quality, and proportions in quantity or number.
  • There is a choice of contraries without very well settled modes of appropriation: standing for different degrees of contrariety.
2Opposition or inconsistency between two things.
Example sentences
  • If environmentalist opposition groups fail to understand that, and their misconceived contrariety prevails to the point where this town loses the chance for this university campus, their credibility will suffer a mortal blow.
  • Examples such as this of contrariety within religion can be seen by the years of long debate and argument which have taken place and continue to take place between scholars and theologians alike.
  • ‘Without contrariety there is no progression,’ William Blake wrote.


Late Middle English: from Old French contrariete, from late Latin contrarietas, from contrarius (see contrary).

Words that rhyme with contrariety

anxiety, dubiety, impiety, impropriety, inebriety, notoriety, piety, satiety, sobriety, ubiety, variety
Definition of contrariety in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources