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c 1660 contrary +‎ -an


  • IPA(key): /kənˈtɹɛɹi.ən/
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contrarian (plural contrarians)

  1. A person who likes or tends to express a contradicting viewpoint, especially one who denounces the majority persuasion.
  2. (finance) A financial investor who tends to have an opinion of market trends at variance with most others.
    • 2010 December 17, Michael C. Thomsett, Getting Started in Stock Investing and Trading, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 174:
      However, to succeed as a contrarian, you have to be able to time trades in exactly the opposite direction of the majority. This means you have to move in when everyone else is fearful, and step back when everyone else is euphoric.


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contrarian (comparative more contrarian, superlative most contrarian)

  1. Pertaining to or characteristic of a contrarian.
    • 2005 January 15, Larry Nucci, Conflict, Contradiction, and Contrarian Elements in Moral Development and Education, Psychology Press, →ISBN:
      The second part explores the normative forms of adolescent resistance and contrarian behavior that vex parents and teachers alike. This discussion is within the context of chapters that look at the ways in which parenting and teaching for moral development can positively make use of these normative challenges.
    • 2012 September 27, Raimond Maurer; Olivia S. Mitchell; Mark J. Warshawsky, Reshaping Retirement Security: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis, Oxford University Press on Demand, →ISBN, page 115:
      Yet at the same time, 401(k) traders became more contrarian in their response to falling markets during the crisis. Therefore, the increased sensitivity to market volatility was offset, in part, by a tendency to 'buy on the dips' in response to falling markets.
    • 2013 February 12, Phillip Lopate, To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
      Then I discovered that there could never be a single “I” who could speak for me, I could only communicate an aspect of myself: sometimes more friendly, sometimes more contrarian.