- to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.
- to speak contrary to the assertions of: to contradict oneself.
- (of an action or event) to imply a denial of: His way of life contradicts his stated principles.
- Obsolete. to speak or declare against; oppose.
- to utter a contrary statement.
Origin of contradict
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Examples from the Web for contradict
Do the varied autopsy reports support or contradict witness testimony?There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
It would also contradict the official Ukrainian government line, which is that Russian personnel hit the button.U.S. Intelligence: Separatists, Not Russians, Killed MH17
July 22, 2014
These orders must be specifically linked to his executive authority and must not contradict a statute passed by Congress.Obama: A President Tests His Limits
January 16, 2014
In cities overcome with violence, war, and crime, there are many stories that contradict each other.Conflict Photographer Eros Hoagland on His Dangerous Craft
November 5, 2012
Now, he quipped, "two tour guides are going to try to contradict each other."Looking Each Other in the Eye
Emily L. Hauser
September 20, 2012
The coward would not have the courage to contradict her, but he would know if he were lying!Weighed and Wanting
"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
She was so determined to be well, that her body dared not contradict her mind.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
If you like to say Dolly began it, my dear, I shall not contradict you.Barnaby Rudge
- (tr) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
- (tr) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
- (intr) to be argumentative or contrary
- (tr) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc)the facts contradicted his theory
- (intr) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
Word Origin and History for contradict
1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.