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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a contrary aim;
- Example: "at cross-purposes"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

cross-purpose \cross"-pur`pose\ (-p?r`p?s), n. 1. A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory. --Shaftesbury. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas. --Pepys. [1913 Webster] To be at cross-purposes, to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it; -- said of persons. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cross-purpose n 1: a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"