“Au Contraire To the contrary, quite the opposite.
‘Nor can it be said that they produce canvases of any greater than those to be found along Washington Square, or in the cold-water flats of New York’s lower east side. There is, au contraire, more than a little truth to the contention that the east side has a certain edge over Montparnasse, and this in spite of the justly renowned Paris light.’ James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son”
Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.