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contrary
used in The Mill on the Floss

3 meanings, 13 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • And now my father's ill, and not able to speak for himself, I shouldn't like anything to be done contrary to what he said to me."
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (89% in)

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2  —4 uses as in:
on the contrary
Definition
an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
  • He had no private understanding with the Rev. Walter Stelling; on the contrary, he knew very little of that M.A. and his acquirements,—not quite enough, perhaps, to warrant so strong a recommendation of him as he had given to his friend Tulliver.
    1.3 -- Book 1 Chapter 3 -- Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning…. (85% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Maggie, on the contrary, after her momentary delight in Tom's speech, had relapsed into her state of trembling indignation.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (63% in)
  • Tulliver, then, could be no obstruction to Wakem; on the contrary, he was a poor devil whom the lawyer had defeated several times; a hot-tempered fellow, who would always give you a handle against him.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (81% in)
  • were conspiring now to make poor dear aunt Tulliver, and cousin Tom, and naughty Maggie too, if she were not obstinately bent on the contrary, as happy as they deserved to be after all their troubles.
    6.12 -- Book 6 Chapter 12 -- A Family Party (10% in)

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3  —3 uses as in:
to the contrary
Definition
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
  • "It must be no client of Wakem's," he said to himself; and yet at the end of a fortnight it turned out to the contrary; not because Mr. Tulliver's will was feeble, but because external fact was stronger.
    1.13 -- Book 1 Chapter 13 -- Mr. Tulliver Further Entangles the Skein…. (95% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And he had really given himself the trouble of recommending Mr. Stelling to his friend Tulliver without any positive expectation of a solid, definite advantage resulting to himself, notwithstanding the subtle indications to the contrary which might have misled a too-sagacious observer.
    1.3 -- Book 1 Chapter 3 -- Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning…. (80% in)
  • The very fact that he feared and half expected it would be sure to make this thought rush in, in the absence of positive proof to the contrary.
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (19% in)

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  • His own father was a good man, and he would readily have fought any one who said the contrary.
    2.3 -- Book 2 Chapter 3 -- The New Schoolfellow (11% in)
  • Not but what I've allays conducted myself civil to your kin, and there isn't one of 'cause can say the contrary, though my equils they aren't, and nobody shall make me say it."
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (80% in)
  • Not that Mr. Stelling was a harsh-tempered or unkind man; quite the contrary.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (16% in)
  • Shall I?" he added, pausing in his stamping with a sudden alarm, lest the contrary might be possible.
    2.3 -- Book 2 Chapter 3 -- The New Schoolfellow (83% in)
  • And I don't believe there is any enmity in my own father's mind; I think he has proved the contrary."
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- In the Red Deeps (60% in)

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