Synonyms of contrary in English:

contrary


See definition of contrary

adjective

1‘right-wing commentators expressed the contrary view’

SYNONYMS
opposite, opposing, opposed, contradictory, clashing, conflicting, antithetical, incompatible, irreconcilable
different, differing, contrasting, inconsistent, incongruous
reverse, counter
North American informal backasswards
rare oppugnant, antipathic
ANTONYMS

compatible, same

2‘‘I don't know why you have to be so contrary,’ she snapped’

SYNONYMS
perverse, awkward, difficult, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, disobliging, unaccommodating, unreasonable, troublesome, tiresome, annoying, vexatious, disobedient, recalcitrant, refractory, wilful, headstrong, self-willed, capricious, wayward, cross-grained
stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, mulish, pig-headed, bull-headed, intractable
Scottish thrawn
informal cussed
British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy
North American informal balky
archaic froward, contumacious
rare renitent, pervicacious, contrarious
ANTONYMS

accommodating, cooperative, obliging


noun

1‘in fact, the contrary is true’

SYNONYMS
opposite, reverse, converse, antithesis
technical contrariety

Phrases

    on the contrary

    ‘there was no malice in her; on the contrary, she was very kind’


    SYNONYMS
    conversely, in contrast, just the opposite, quite the opposite, just the reverse, quite the reverse
    rather, instead
    contrary to

    ‘the court ruled that the restrictions were contrary to the public interest’


    SYNONYMS
    in conflict with, against, at variance with, at odds with, in opposition to, not in accord with, counter to, conflicting with, incompatible with
    rare repugnant