Definition of Cross-purpose

1. Noun. A contrary aim. "At cross-purposes"

Generic synonyms: Aim, Design, Intent, Intention, Purpose



Definition of Cross-purpose

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A contrary or conflicting purpose or understanding, especially an unintentional or misconceived one. ¹

2. Noun. (dated) A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cross-purpose

cross-multiplied
cross-multiplies
cross-multiply
cross-multiplying
cross-over
cross-party
cross-patch
cross-phrasing
cross-platform
cross-ply
cross-pollinate
cross-pollinating
cross-pollination
cross-process
cross-processing
cross-purpose (current term)
cross-purposes
cross-question
cross-questioner
cross-ratio
cross-reacting agglutinin
cross-reacting antibody
cross-reacting material
cross-reactive antibody
cross-reactivities
cross-reactivity
cross-reading
cross-readings
cross-refer
cross-reference

Literary usage of Cross-purpose

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1. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Fl├╝gel (1874)
"1. cross, across, athwart, obliquely, diagonally; 2. fig. cross, to cross purpose, from the purpose, perversely, wrong, nonsensically; ..."

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