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contradict

[kon-truh-dikt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
  2. to speak contrary to the assertions of: to contradict oneself.
  3. (of an action or event) to imply a denial of: His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
  4. Obsolete. to speak or declare against; oppose.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a contrary statement.
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Origin of contradict

1560–70; < Latin contrādictus (past participle of contrādīcere to gainsay), equivalent to contrā- contra-1 + dic- (variant stem of dīcere to speak) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formscon·tra·dict·a·ble, adjectivecon·tra·dict·er, con·tra·dic·tor, nounun·con·tra·dict·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·tra·dict·a·bly, adverbun·con·tra·dict·ed, adjectiveun·con·tra·dict·ed·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1, 2. gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute.

Synonym study

1, 2. See deny.

Antonyms

1. support.
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Examples from the Web for contradict

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Historical Examples

  • The coward would not have the courage to contradict her, but he would know if he were lying!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "My dear, I am not contradicting; I am not well enough to contradict," panted poor Jenkins.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Yet Shakspere will not contradict history, even in its silence.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • She was so determined to be well, that her body dared not contradict her mind.

  • If you like to say Dolly began it, my dear, I shall not contradict you.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for contradict

contradict

verb
  1. (tr) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
  2. (tr) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
  3. (intr) to be argumentative or contrary
  4. (tr) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc)the facts contradicted his theory
  5. (intr) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
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Derived Formscontradictable, adjectivecontradicter or contradictor, nouncontradictive or contradictious, adjectivecontradictively or contradictiously, adverbcontradictiveness or contradictiousness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin contrādīcere, from contra- + dīcere to speak, say
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Word Origin and History for contradict

v.

1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.

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