[kon-truh] /ˈkɒn trə/

against; in opposition or contrast to:
Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
[kon-truh; Spanish kawn-trah] /ˈkɒn trə; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑ/
noun, plural contras
[kon-truh z; Spanish kawn-trahs] /ˈkɒn trəz; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑs/ (Show IPA)
(often initial capital letter) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.

mid-14c., from Latin contra (prep. and adv.) “against,” originally “in comparison with,” ablative singular feminine of *com-teros, from Old Latin com “with, together” (see com-) + -tr, zero degree of the comparative suffix -ter-.

1981, “anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan,” short for Spanish contrarrevolucionario “counter-revolutionary.”


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