contre

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See also: contré and contre-

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French contre, from Old French contre, from Latin contra.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

contre

  1. against (in physical contact with)
    La paille est contre la maison
    the straw is against the house
    Elle s'appuie contre le mur.
    She's pushing against the wall.
  2. against (not in favor of)
    Les citoyens sont pour, mais les hommes politiques sont contre.
    The citizens are for, but the politicians are against.
  3. against (having as an opponent)
    Ce soir: Lille contre Marseille en direct.
    Tonight: Lille against Marseille live.
  4. as against (as opposed to, compared to, in contrast with)
    10% des hommes ont eu plus de cent partenaires sexuels, contre 5% seulement des femmes.
    10 percent of all men have had more than a hundred sexual partners, as against 5 percent of all women.

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Verb[edit]

contre

  1. first-person singular present indicative of contrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of contrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of contrer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of contrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of contrer

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin *(terra) contrata.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kuntˈreː(ə)/, /kuntˈrɛi̯/

Noun[edit]

contre (plural contrees)

  1. region, area
  2. A political division, including:
    1. On a national level: a nation, country, land, or territory
    2. On a regional level: a district, state, or province
    3. On a local level: city, town, settlement, or parish
  3. homeland, fatherland
  4. country, countryside (as opposed to the city)
  5. The people of a region, country, or province; the local people.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French contre.

Preposition[edit]

contre

  1. against; opposing

Descendants[edit]


Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • cuntre (Northern, Anglo-Norman or early Old French)
  • countre (late Anglo-Norman)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin contra.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

contre

  1. against

Adverb[edit]

contre

  1. against

Descendants[edit]

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