In my native language Swedish we say that a person is "tvär" if he is diffcult to agree with. It literally means "blocker" i.e. tvär would mean "på tvären" (on the crossway) that means that the person is very difficult or impossible to agree with.

  • I don't think you're right about that.
    – Robusto
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:14
  • @Robusto Now I think that you are nothing but contrary and disagreeable. Jul 28, 2015 at 13:15
  • Well, some of these comments, well, they got me quite crossways. But the sun is quite kind.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:21
  • @RegDwigнt it's for people like you, we keep it turned on...
    – mplungjan
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:27

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We use "contrary" - meaning: they always take the opposing view.


I'd say such a person is disagreeable. They may argue against you out of spite, just for the sake of disagreeing.


Not in agreement; characterized by difference or incongruity; disagreeing, discordant, at variance.


bloody-minded (adj., British informal):

  1. someone who is bloody-minded makes things difficult for others and opposes their views for no good reason

'He's just being bloody-minded.'

Source: CDO

  1. Deliberately refusing to accept that you are not completely right about something, in a way that is not helpful to other people and annoys them

Source: Macmillan

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