contrary, converse, opposite, reverse

contrary, converse, opposite, reverse
   All four are variously confused at times, which is understandable, since their distinctions tend to blur. Briefly, contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition. Converse applies when the elements of a proposition are reversed. Opposite is something that is diametrically opposed to a proposition. Reverse can describe any of these.
   Take the statement "I love you." Its opposite is "I hate you." Its converse is "You love me." Its contrary would be anything that contradicted it: "I do not love you," "I have no feelings at all for you," "I like you moderately." The reverse could embrace all of these meanings.

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  • contrary, converse, opposite, reverse —    All four are variously confused at times, which is understandable, since their distinctions tend to blur. Briefly, contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition. Converse applies when the elements of a proposition are reversed.… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • contrary, converse, opposite, reverse —    All four are variously confused at times, which is understandable, since their distinctions tend to blur. Briefly, contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition. Converse applies when the elements of a proposition are reversed.… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • contrary, converse, opposite, reverse —    All four are variously confused at times, which is understandable, since their distinctions tend to blur. Briefly, contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition. Converse applies when the elements of a proposition are reversed.… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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  • reverse — vb 1 Reverse, transpose, invert can all mean to change to the contrary or opposite side or position. Reverse is the most general of these terms, implying a change to the opposite not only in side or position but also in direction, order, sequence …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • reverse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. antithesis, converse, opposite; misfortune, setback, comedown, defeat; tail, back (of coin), about face, right about. See opposition. v. t. transpose, invert, evert, turn around; back; revoke, annul,… …   English dictionary for students

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