2 meanings, 3 uses
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1 —1 use as in:
- And there was another, general misunderstanding at that time: contrary to popular belief, coming to Canada was not a very shrewd way to beat the draft; there were better and easier ways to "beat" it— I'll tell you about one, later.p. 461.6
There are no more uses of "contrary to" flagged with this meaning in A Prayer for Owen Meany.
2 —1 use as in:
on the contrary
- He was articulate, but he never made speech seem effortless; on the contrary, he exhibited what hard work it was—to make his faith, in tandem with his doubt, clear; to speak well, in spite of his stutter.p. 116.5
There are no more uses of "on the contrary" flagged with this meaning in A Prayer for Owen Meany.