contrarian etymology

English word contrarian comes from English contrary, English -an

Detailed word origin of contrarian

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contrary English (eng) One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.. The opposite. Contrarily (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.. (obsolete) To contradict (someone or something).. (obsolete) To do the opposite of (someone or [...]
-an English (eng) Appended to nouns to form an agent noun. (When males with a profession are distinguished from females, males are -an, females -(i)enne.). Of or pertaining to; an adjectival suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. (Often added to words of Latin origin, but also used with words of other origins. When a word ends in a, -n is used instead.).
contrarian English (eng) (finance) a financial investor who tends to have an opinion of market trends at variance with most others. A person who expresses a contradicting viewpoint, especially one who denounces the majority persuasion.

Words with the same origin as contrarian

Descendants of contrary
contrariness contrariwise
Descendants of -an
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