on the contrary

  1. contrary to expectations
    he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends
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  • His eyes were black too, but had nothing of fierce or insolent; on the contrary, a certain melancholy swimmingness, that described hopeless love rather than a natural amorous languish. The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1
  • On the contrary; it's perfectly logical and defensible. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the countryside, on the contrary, more hands were needed to work the fields in grain-growing regions, and males contracted marriages at younger ages to increase the rural labour supply.
  • Frogs were not symbols of death but, on the contrary, of rebirth and renewal, because of its remarkable metamorphosis of egg into tadpole and from tadpole into frog.
  • He is not magnetic but on the contrary cold and austere.
  • On the contrary, they are among the most tractable of dogs.
  • On the contrary, there is a vast shadow of melancholy, a painful sadness, doubt and cross-purpose, boldness at one moment and timidity at the next, a longing for solitude. Half a Rogue
  • On the contrary, the opposite view is intellectually more compelling.
  • On the contrary, people on the left and on the right are equally forceful in decrying self-centered individualism, consumerism, new pressures on the family, and the decline of community. Why the Culture War Is the Wrong War
  • On the contrary, they ask us to face them head on with courage, humour and fortitude. Times, Sunday Times
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