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contrary
used in The Age of Innocence

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • Nevertheless, it might appear inhospitable—and contrary to old Catherine's express wishes—if Madame Olenska were allowed to arrive without any of the family being at the station to receive her.
    Chapter 28 (56% in)
  • "Why the devil," Archer explosively continued, "should you have thought—since I suppose you're appealing to me on the ground of my relationship to Madame Olenska—that I should take a view contrary to the rest of her family?"
    Chapter 25 (50% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
Definition
an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
  • On the contrary, from what he had seen of her, he thought she would be naturally included in it.
    Chapter 34 (36% in)
  • "Did you find the journey tiring?" he asked in a voice that surprised him by its naturalness; and she answered that, on the contrary, she had seldom travelled with fewer discomforts.
    Chapter 33 (58% 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
  • All these amiable and inexorable persons were resolutely engaged in pretending to each other that they had never heard of, suspected, or even conceived possible, the least hint to the contrary; and from this tissue of elaborate mutual dissimulation Archer once more disengaged the fact that New York believed him to be Madame Olenska's lover.
    Chapter 33 (78% in)

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • What she does is just the contrary—she fastens their eyelids open, so that they're never again in the blessed darkness.
    Chapter 29 (83% in)

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