au contraire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French au contraire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əʊ ˈkɒntɹɛː(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /oʊ ˌkoʊnˈtɹɛ(ə)ɹ/

Adverb[edit]

au contraire (not comparable)

  1. (usually humorous, emphatic) on the contrary
    • 1997, Mike Myers, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery:
      Fembots: (one by one) You can't resist us, Mr. Powers. / Austin Powers: Au contraire, baby. I think that you can't resist me.

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”, in wordsmith.org[1], (please provide a date or year)

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /o kɔ̃.tʁɛʁ/
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Adverb[edit]

au contraire

  1. on the contrary, quite the contrary, quite the opposite; au contraire