au contraire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French au contraire

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊ ˈkɒn.tɹɜː(ɹ)/

Adverb[edit]

au contraire (not comparable)

  1. on the contrary

Usage notes[edit]

Used for more humorous, ironic, or dramatic effect than on the contrary.[1]

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A.Word.A.Day--au contraire

French[edit]

Adverb[edit]

au contraire

  1. on the contrary, quite the opposite