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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section II. Relation
1. Absolute Relation

14. [Noncoincidence.] Contrariety.

   NOUN:CONTRARIETY, contrast, foil, antithesis, antipode, counterpole, counterpoint; counterpart; complement; vis-à-vis [F.], oppositeness; contradiction; antagonism (opposition) [See Opposition]; clashing, repugnance, antipathy.
  INVERSION [See Inversion]; the opposite, the reverse, the inverse, the converse, the antipodes, the other extreme.
   VERB:BE CONTRARY &c. adj.; contrast with, oppose, antithesize [rare]; differ toto cælo [L.].
  INVERT, reverse, turn the tables; turn topsy-turvy, turn end for end, turn upside down; retrograde, transpose, invaginate, intussuscept.
  CONTRADICT, contravene; antagonize [See Opposition].
   ADJECTIVE:CONTRARY, contrarious [archaic], contrariant [rare], opposite, counter, dead against; adverse, averse, converse, reverse; opposed, antithetical, contrasted, antipodean, antagonistic, opposing; conflicting, inconsistent, contradictory, at cross purposes; negative; hostile, inimical [See Artlessness].
  differing toto cælo [L.]; diametrically opposite; as opposite as black and white, as opposite as light and darkness, as opposite as fire and water, as opposite as the poles; “Hyperion to a satyr” [Hamlet]; quite the contrary, quite the reverse; no such thing, just the other way, tout au contraire [F.].
   ADVERB:CONTRARILY &c. adj.; contra, contrariwise, per contra [L.], on the contrary, nay rather; vice versâ [L.]; on the other hand (in compensation) [See Compensation].
  1. All concord’s born of contraries.—B. Jonson
  2. Our antagonist is our helper.—Burke
  3. Woman’s at best a contradiction still.—Pope
  4. The innate perversity of inanimate objects.—Gail Hamilton
  5. Opposition is the surest persuasion.—Cynic’s Calendar