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Meaning of CROSS-PURPOSE

Pronunciation:  kros 'purpus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"
 

CROSS-PURPOSE is a 13 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: aim, design, intent, intention, purpose

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cross"-pur`pose\ (-p?r`p?s), n.
1. A counter or opposing purpose; hence, that which is
   inconsistent or contradictory. --Shaftesbury.

2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers
   are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
   --Pepys.

{To be at cross-purposes}, to misunderstand or to act counter
   to one another without intending it; -- said of persons.

 

 

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