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contrary
used in Jane Eyre

3 meanings, 21 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • I hardly know where I found the hardihood thus to open a conversation with a stranger; the step was contrary to my nature and habits: but I think her occupation touched a chord of sympathy somewhere; for I too liked reading, though of a frivolous and childish kind; I could not digest or comprehend the serious or substantial.
    Chapter 5 (79% in)
  • I DO see a certain justice; but it is contrary to all custom.
    Chapter 33 (85% in)

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2  —15 uses as in:
on the contrary
Definition
an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
  • Surely it will never, on the contrary, be suffered to degenerate from man to fiend?
    Chapter 6 (93% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was not my habit to be disregardful of appearance or careless of the impression I made: on the contrary, I ever wished to look as well as I could, and to please as much as my want of beauty would permit.
    Chapter 11 (36% in)
  • I did not like her the worse for that; on the contrary, I felt better pleased than ever.
    Chapter 11 (51% in)
  • A reception of finished politeness would probably have confused me: I could not have returned or repaid it by answering grace and elegance on my part; but harsh caprice laid me under no obligation; on the contrary, a decent quiescence, under the freak of manner, gave me the advantage.
    Chapter 13 (26% in)
  • However, I mentally shake hands with you for your answer, despite its inaccuracy; and as much for the manner in which it was said, as for the substance of the speech; the manner was frank and sincere; one does not often see such a manner: no, on the contrary, affectation, or coldness, or stupid, coarse-minded misapprehension of one's meaning are the usual rewards of candour.
    Chapter 14 (55% in)
  • I almost expected a rebuff for this hardly well-timed question, but, on the contrary, waking out of his scowling abstraction, he turned his eyes towards me, and the shade seemed to clear off his brow.
    Chapter 15 (24% in)
  • "On the contrary," said I, "I bolted my door."
    Chapter 16 (23% in)
  • Not that I humbled myself by a slavish notion of inferiority: on the contrary, I just said — "You have nothing to do with the master of Thornfield, further than to receive the salary he gives you for teaching his protegee, and to be grateful for such respectful and kind treatment as, if you do your duty, you have a right to expect at his hands.
    Chapter 17 (2% in)
  • Again I looked at the face; which was no longer turned from me — on the contrary, the bonnet was doffed, the bandage displaced, the head advanced.
    Chapter 19 (69% in)
  • Not, however, to go to bed: on the contrary, I began and dressed myself carefully.
    Chapter 20 (13% in)
  • — when I told you how she, on the contrary, deserted me: the idea of my insolvency cooled, or rather extinguished, her flame in a moment.
    Chapter 24 (34% in)
  • On the contrary, I think in time I shall get on with my scholars very well.
    Chapter 31 (34% in)
  • I mean, on the contrary, to be busy.
    Chapter 34 (9% in)
  • Not at all; he had, on the contrary, remarked that I had scrupulously respected every association: he feared, indeed, I must have bestowed more thought on the matter than it was worth.
    Chapter 34 (16% in)
  • I, on the contrary, became more cheerful, and took fresh courage: these last words gave me an insight as to where the difficulty lay; and as it was no difficulty with me, I felt quite relieved from my previous embarrassment.
    Chapter 37 (34% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Definition
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
  • No, sir, I solemnly assure you to the contrary.
    Chapter 25 (75% in)

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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Impossible to reply to this in the affirmative: my little world held a contrary opinion: I was silent.
    Chapter 4 (42% in)
  • "I don't know — it is not easy to describe — nothing striking, but you feel it when he speaks to you; you cannot be always sure whether he is in jest or earnest, whether he is pleased or the contrary; you don't thoroughly understand him, in short — at least, I don't: but it is of no consequence, he is a very good master."
    Chapter 11 (81% in)
  • A mile off, beyond the fields, lay a road which stretched in the contrary direction to Millcote; a road I had never travelled, but often noticed, and wondered where it led: thither I bent my steps.
    Chapter 27 (94% in)

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