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contradiction

[kon-truh-dik-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition.
2.
assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
3.
a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
4.
direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
5.
a contradictory act, fact, etc.
Origin of contradiction
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English contradiccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrādictiōn- (stem of contrādictiō). See contradict, -ion
Related forms
intercontradiction, noun
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  • This explosion of the doctor's meant that he invited and awaited some contradiction.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You may be inclined to think this a contradiction, for all such promptings to crime must be base.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Here is a contradiction which it seems to me can scarcely be reconciled.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • People who will be dealing in contradiction ought to pay for it.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I am aware that what I am now saying appears to be in contradiction with my other statements.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for contradiction

contradiction

/ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of going against; opposition; denial
2.
a declaration of the opposite or contrary
3.
a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)
4.
conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
5.
a person or thing containing conflicting qualities
6.
(logic) a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood
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Word Origin and History for contradiction
n.

late 14c., from Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) "a reply, objection, counterargument," noun of action from past participle stem of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere "to speak against," from contra "against" (see contra) + dicere "to speak" (see diction).

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