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Cóntrary, subst. 1) the opposite side: “wafting his eyes to the c.” Wint. I, 2, 372. “the king's attorney on the c. urged,” H8 II, 1, 15.
2) a proposition or fact opposite to another: Gentl. II, 4, 16. Meas. IV, 2, 103. Ado I, 1, 198. LLL I, 2, 35. All's II, 3, 237. Tw. V, 15. R2 V, 5, 102. H6A V, 5, 64. H6C I, 2, 20. I, 4, 131. R3 IV, 1, 17. Rom. IV, 5, 90. Tim. IV, 3, 304. Plur. “--ies:” Tp. II, 1, 147. Tim. IV, 1, 20. -- In the c. == in the opposite case, on the other side: “the honour of it does pay the act of it; as in the c. the foulness is the punishment,” H8 III, 2, 182. “I do not find that thou dealest justly with me. What in the c.?” Oth. IV, 2, 175. To the c. == to the opposite effect: Wiv. II, 1, 38. Wiv. II, 1, 38 Meas. IV, 2, 123. Ado V, 2, 87. Merch. I, 3, 14. Wint. II, 2, 8. John III, 1, 10. H8 V, 1, 148. Per. II Prol. 15.
3) a thing or state of opposite qualities: “these --ies such unity do hold,” Lucr. 1558. “a falsehood in its c. as great,” Tp. I, 2, 95. “no --ies hold more antipathy,” Lr. II, 2, 93.
4) perversity, wrong conception: “is't good to soothe him in these --ies?” Err. IV, 4, 82.
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