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contradict

[kon-truh-dikt] /ˌkɒn trəˈdɪkt/
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.
verb (used without object)
5.
to utter a contrary statement.
Origin of contradict
1560-1570
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 forms
contradictable, adjective
contradicter, contradictor, noun
uncontradictable, adjective
uncontradictably, adverb
uncontradicted, adjective
uncontradictedly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute.
Antonyms
1. support.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See deny.
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Examples from the Web for contradict
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  • 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

/ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
2.
(transitive) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
3.
(intransitive) to be argumentative or contrary
4.
(transitive) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc): the facts contradicted his theory
5.
(intransitive) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction
Derived Forms
contradictable, adjective
contradicter, contradictor, noun
contradictive, contradictious, adjective
contradictively, contradictiously, adverb
contradictiveness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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