- 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 contradictor
But it went, he said, just like a decreet in absence, and was lost for want of a contradictor.Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
To threaten every contradictor with severe punishment was an inquisitor's argument, and scarcely admitted of a reply.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Therefore all the ancient churches, without one contradictor that ever I read of, did use many such.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
But he liked a listener and he loved to thresh out every question immediately and to put down the contradictor.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
The silence and the empty chair beside her quickly reminded her that her contradictor was gone—perhaps forever.
- (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 contradictor
1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.