What does the word contrariety mean?

Usage examples for contrariety

  1. " These sentiments do you honor; and I could wish, for your own sake, as well as that of others, there was less of contrariety in your character. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. In the meantime the king, seated in the front seat of his carriage, the back of which he had yielded up to the two queens, was a prey to that feverish contrariety experienced by anxious lovers, who, without being able to quench their ardent thirst, are ceaselessly desirous of seeing the loved object, and then go away partially satisfied, without perceiving they have acquired a more insatiable thirst than ever. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  3. I prayed continually, and wished even to become dumb, so simple and ignorant was I. Though I have had my share of crosses, I never found any so difficult to support as that of perpetual contrariety without relaxation of doing all one can to please, without succeeding, but still offending by the very means designed to oblige. – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon