Meaning of contrarian in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈtrɛːrɪən/

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  • A person who opposes or rejects popular opinion, especially in stock exchange dealing.

    ‘it has become fashionable to be a stock-market contrarian’
    • ‘Since then, bear market losses and dashed hopes have taught them to be more skeptical - which to bullish contrarians just makes this rally all the more credible.’
    • ‘Overly bullish sentiment or complacency is regarded as bearish by contrarians.’
    • ‘This guarantees that, except for rare contrarians like Ron Paul, all politicians that come before the voters every election year are going to be pushing more and more programs and handouts.’
    • ‘Market contrarians know that traditionally, these kinds of occurrences are the usual hallmarks of a major top in the oil market.’
    • ‘Revolutions throughout history have always been initiated by a small minority of highly dedicated contrarians.’
    • ‘These types of investors are also called contrarians since they are going against the common market sentiment at the time.’
    • ‘With that in mind, I generally spend a whole lot of my time perusing news sources frequented by contrarians.’
    • ‘Net interest cover should be of particular interest to contrarians, as sizeable debts are very often why many shares seem cheap.’
    • ‘The trick is finding those peaks, and contrarians have a number of ways of uncovering them.’
    • ‘Not much has changed, except to say the industry is at a low point and therefore attractive to contrarians.’
    • ‘For contrarians then, the UK market is perhaps as good a bet as any for recovery.’
    • ‘However, while the term ‘space tourism’ has gained wide acceptance, there are some contrarians out there who don't see ‘tourism’ as the best word to describe spaceflight for a broader segment of the public.’
    • ‘Neglecting the significance of the large regional differences in past temperature changes is another classic pitfall in the arguments put forward by many climate change contrarians.’
    • ‘They always take the side of the social critics, the underdogs, the people who tend to make music, the contrarians of society.’
    • ‘‘From an intellectual point of view, these contrarians are pathetic, because there's no scientific validity to their arguments whatsoever,’ Mann says.’
    • ‘Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has.’
    • ‘The writer who has most often and most powerfully made the arguments within the establishment but against its preoccupations is Christopher Hitchens, a man who adores contrarians throughout history.’
    • ‘Of course, there would be the odd contrarians who would refuse to ‘go’, but their short lives would become even more miserable as society collapsed from the exodus.’
    • ‘And if they are going to be packaged and marketed as journalists, contrarians should be held to the same standards as any other journalists.’
    • ‘Journalists fancy themselves to be skeptics and contrarians.’


  • Opposing or rejecting popular opinion or current practice.

    ‘the comment came more from a contrarian disposition than moral conviction’
    • ‘Yet, it points to a tendency - I'll put it as weakly as that - toward re-marketing tired conservative shibboleths as funky new contrarian understandings.’
    • ‘We've always valued such marginalization because it leads to contrarian positions - at their best, they lead to theories more original, perspectives more perceptive.’
    • ‘Many of the Deanies I spoke to in Iowa referred to his candor and contrarian stances in terms that would be familiar to Minnesotans who felt similar ties to Paul Wellstone or Jesse Ventura.’
    • ‘Bloggers, who post daily journals consisting mostly of links to and brief commentaries on TV and newspaper coverage, tend to carry contrarian viewpoints.’
    • ‘Although Rogers' observations on contrarian markets were written in 1998, he offered some advice that will sound familiar to those whose fingers were burnt in the stock market a few years later.’
    • ‘Investors who look to take the opposing stance to the majority are known as contrarians and next week I'll be setting out the rules of contrarian trading: how to buy and sell when others won't.’
    • ‘But that would be far too much to expect, so they have re-invented themselves as contrarian pro-marketeers who lecture the rest of us on how markets should work properly.’
    • ‘However, some contrarian investors think the FTSE 100 could take the lead this year because it looks cheap compared with the FTSE 250.’
    • ‘I have to tell you that Mike's contrarian intellectualizing on the subject of reporters and the law was more amusing when it was all hypothetical.’
    • ‘Publishing and responding to criticism invariably triggers contrarian pieces from readers, rebalancing debate as if by magic!’
    • ‘Do you have that one last remaining late-adopter contrarian friend who still refuses to have any sort of web presence?’
    • ‘And in the absence of contrarian perspectives, the faith tends to become inbred and stagnant.’
    • ‘Here's a little bit of contrarian thinking: why try to prevent vote fraud at all?’
    • ‘Savers who want to swim against the tide can simply buy funds that pick up on contrarian trends.’
    • ‘Being contrarian is apparently OK as long as in being contrarian you agree with us.’
    • ‘This new column serves to give readers refreshing, often contrarian views on key industry issues.’
    • ‘Over the decades, he has moved between representation and abstraction, following his own independent and often contrarian path.’
    • ‘This wasn't the day for deeply contrarian rhetoric.’
    • ‘At the same time as he developed this contrarian personality to society he still secretly yearned for an audience.’
    • ‘The charming yet contrarian British bad boy slammed the march as a waste of time.’