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contrary
used in The Remains of the Day

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • It was completely contrary to Lord Darlington's natural tendencies to take such public stances as he came to do and I can say with conviction that his lordship was persuaded to overcome his more retiring side only through a deep sense of moral duty.
    2m — Day 2 - Morning (22% 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, Miss Kenton.
    4a — Day 4 - Afternoon (47% in)
  • I had half expected her to be angry at this inquiry, but on the contrary, it was almost as though she had been long awaiting an opportunity to raise the very topic.
    3e — Day 3 - Evening (48% in)

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