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au contraire

Definition:

contrary to expectations

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Usage:

French

Comparative:

more au contraire

Superlative:

most au contraire

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Borrowing from French au contraire
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

List of French words and phrases used by English speakers

Here are some examples of French words and phrases used by English speakers. English contains many words of French origin, such as art, competition, force, machine, police, publicity, role, routine, table, and many other Anglicized French words. These... (38 of 12590 words, 37 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/List of French words and phrases used by English speakers

Collins Dictionary:

on the contrary | au contraire [French, synonym] | per contra [synonym]

quite the reverse; not at all (6 of 421 words, 9 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/on-the-contrary

Oxford Dictionary:

au contraire

Syllabification: (au con·traire) Entry from United States Dictionary | often [humorous] | on the contrary. (13 of 32 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/au-contraire

Wiktionary:

on the contrary [conjunctive] | to the contrary | au contraire [synonym] | if anything [synonym] | far from it [synonym] | contrariwise [synonym]

opposite of what had earlier been expected or assumed (9 of 25 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/on the contrary

Random House Dictionary:

au contraire [French]

on the contrary. | on the opposite or adverse side. (9 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/au-contraire

Merriam-Webster:

au contraire [foreign term]

on the contrary (3 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/au contraire

New World Dictionary:

au contraire

on the contrary (3 of 10 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/au-contraire

Cambridge Dictionary:

contrary [entry 1] | the contrary | on the contrary | to the contrary

"the contrary": the opposite | "on the contrary": used to show that you think or feel the opposite of what has just been stated | "to the contrary": ... (26 of 84 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/contrary 1

American Heritage Dictionary:

per contra

On the contrary. | By way of contrast. (7 of 21 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/per-contra

Macmillan British Dictionary:

contrariwise

in the opposite way (4 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contrariwise

Encarta Dictionary:

au contraire [literary or humorous]

used to suggest that the opposite is really the case (10 of 33 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587657​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

au contraire

Origin: Borrowing from French au contraire

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/au contraire

Oxford Dictionary:

Encarta Dictionary:

au contraire [literary or humorous]

Origin: French, "to the contrary"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587657​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

au contraire

Audio: North American pronunciation of "au contraire"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fwauco​01 word=au contraire

YourDictionary Audio:

au contraire

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "au contraire" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/au-contraire

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