on\ the\ contrary

on\ the\ contrary
adv. phr.
Exactly the opposite; rather; instead.

The principal thought that the children went to the zoo; on the contrary, they went to the bakery.

"You don't like football, do you?" "On the contrary, I like it very much."

Compare: to the contrary
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in total contrast (to what has just been said), completely in opposition or reverse

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