on the contrary

on the contrary
adverb
contrary to expectations (Freq. 10)
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he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends

Derived from adjective: ↑contrary (for: ↑contrarily)

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adverb
2. : just the opposite : no

“you look tired”. “On the contrary, I feel fine”

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on the contrary
Quite the opposite, not at all
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Main Entry:contrary

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on the contrary phrase
used for emphasizing that something is true, even though it is the opposite of something that has been said

The risk of infection hasn’t diminished – on the contrary, it has increased.

Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing that something is true although it may be surprisingsynonym
Main entry: contrary

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on (or quite) the contrary
used to intensify a denial of what has just been implied or stated

there was no malice in her; on the contrary, she was very kind

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on the contrary (also quite the contrary)
— used to state that the opposite of what was said before is true

The test will not be easy; on the contrary, it will be very difficult.

The lecture was not boring. Quite the contrary, it was very informative and interesting.

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Main Entry:contrary

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on the ˈcontrary idiom
used to introduce a statement that says the opposite of the last one

‘It must have been terrible.’ ‘On the contrary, I enjoyed every minute.’

Main entry:contraryidiom

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  • the contrary — UK [ˈkɒntrəri] US [ˈkɑnˌtreri] noun ★ the opposite Evidence suggests that the contrary is true. quite the contrary: I don’t disagree – quite the contrary – I think you’re absolutely right. Thesaurus …   Useful english dictionary

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  • to the contrary — adverb contrary to expectations (Freq. 3) he didn t stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends • Syn: ↑contrarily, ↑contrariwise, ↑on the contrary • Derived from adjective: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • to the contrary — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} With an opposite result or effect; just the opposite; in disagreement; saying the opposite. * /Although Bill was going to the movies, he told Joe to the contrary./ * /We will expect you for dinner unless we get word to the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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