Au contraire



on the contrary.
on the opposite or adverse side.
Contemporary Examples

au contraire—it was a TOP SECRET/CODEWORD document of sizzling import.
My Brush With Obama’s Top Spook Christopher Buckley November 28, 2008

To conservatives who will say below that Obama didn’t offer anything, au contraire, he certainly did.
Obama’s Statement: Setting the Terms of Debate Michael Tomasky November 8, 2012

Moguls & Movie Stars, au contraire, tends to take people at their face value.
A Visit to Hollywood’s Glory Days Michael Korda October 30, 2010

Historical Examples

Poirot, au contraire, was morose the whole evening, and awoke next morning exactly the same as usual.
Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy

But, au contraire, the shadow of the room beyond had invitation now.
The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

au contraire, as I find my dear uncle alive, it will be all the easier for him to show himself amiable towards me.
A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai

“au contraire, I feel as if I could never eat again,” he said, desperately.
Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray

The Doctor was always “au contraire” no matter what was said and who said it.
Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons

Monsieur Lascelles had said nothing of disapproval until very recently; au contraire, he had much liked Mr. Waring.
Waring’s Peril Charles King

It is a very absurd idea to suppose that killing birds prevents their chasing, quite “au contraire.”
The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson

adverb
on the contrary
adjective

French for on the contrary
Examples

Au contraire! They are still together and very happy.

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