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contrary
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • 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

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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
Definition
an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
  • 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

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • "HE WAS USED," said Owen Meany, who was in a contrary mood.
    p. 216.6

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