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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 contradicted
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  • You never were contradicted before: you had always your own way.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I explained that I had not contradicted myself, that she had not rightly interpreted my words.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • But they contradicted the order for tea, and only my uncle Harlowe came up to me.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Then she stepped back, and contradicted them with a little laugh.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He contradicted Flipfield dead, before he had eaten his salmon.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for contradicted

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 contradicted

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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