on the contrary
Prepositional phrase
  1. (conjunctive) Opposite of what had earlier been expected or assumed. Simply, "Instead of".
    • The way he was so angry he would have hit me too but on the contrary he made peace with me.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: au contraire
  • German: im Gegenteil
  • Italian: al contrario, anzi
  • Portuguese: ao contrário, pelo contrário
  • Russian: наоборо́т
  • Spanish: al contrario, por el contrario

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