Definition of contrarious in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈtrerēəs/ /kənˈtrɛriəs/


  • 1Perverse; refractory.

    • ‘D minor was traditionally regarded as a key both ‘obscure’ and a shade perilous, as was the Dorian mode it derived from; the piece falls, with the impetuosity of youth, into more contrarious sections than does any of the later toccatas.’
  • 2Opposed; unfavorable.

    • ‘The working of the party became less democratic and more bureaucratic, while certain questionable practices, like sending contrarious members to distant posts, developed unchecked.’