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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French au contraire.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdverbEdit

au contraire ‎(not comparable)

  1. (usually humorous, emphatic) on the contrary

Usage notesEdit

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

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

au contraire

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