Contrary vs Gainwise - What's the difference?

contrary | gainwise |

As adjectives the difference between contrary and gainwise

is that contrary is opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse while gainwise is contrary or gainwise can be of or relating to gain or increase.

As adverbs the difference between contrary and gainwise

is that contrary is contrarily while gainwise is in a contrary manner, contrariwise.

As a noun contrary

is the opposite.

As a verb contrary

is (obsolete) to oppose; to frustrate.




(en adjective)
  • Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse.
  • contrary winds
  • * Bible, Leviticus xxvi. 21
  • And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me
  • * Shakespeare
  • We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way.
  • Opposed; contradictory; inconsistent.
  • * Whewell
  • The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be contrary to the sacred Scripture.
  • Given to opposition; perverse; wayward.
  • a contrary''' disposition; a '''contrary child

    Derived terms

    * contrarian * contrarily * contrariwise * contrary to


    (en adverb)
  • Contrarily
  • Noun

  • The opposite.
  • * Shakespeare
  • No contraries hold more antipathy / Than I and such a knave.
  • One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.
  • * I. Watts
  • If two universals differ in quality, they are contraries ; as, every vine is a tree; no vine is a tree. These can never be both true together; but they may be both false.


    * witherward

    Derived terms

    * on the contrary * to the contrary


  • (obsolete) To oppose; to frustrate.
  • *Bishop Latimer
  • *:I was advised not to contrary the king.
  • *, I.47:
  • *:The Athenians having left the enemie in their owne land, for to pass into Sicilie , had very ill successe, and were much contraried by fortune.
  • (obsolete) To impugn.
  • (obsolete) To contradict (someone or something).
  • *:
  • *:thus wilfully sir Palomydes dyd bataille with yow / & as for hym sir I was not gretely aferd but I dred fore la?celot that knew yow not / Madame said Palomydes ye maye saye what so ye wyll / I maye not contrary yow but by my knyghthode I knewe not sir Tristram
  • *, II.12:
  • *:I finde them everie one in his turne to have reason, although they contrary one another.
  • (obsolete) To do the opposite of (someone'' or ''something ).
  • (obsolete) To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to .
  • (obsolete) To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.
  • (obsolete) To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.
  • References

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    Etymology 1

    From .


    (en adverb)
  • in a contrary manner, contrariwise
  • in return
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • contrary
  • Synonyms
    * counter, contrary

    Etymology 2

    From '' "increase" + ''-wise


  • of or relating to gain or increase
  • I do not see much of a difference gainwise .