contradict

[ kon-truh-dikt ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈdɪkt /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to utter a contrary statement.

Origin of contradict

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

Synonym study

1, 2. See deny.
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contradict

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt) /

verb

(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

Derived Forms

Word Origin for contradict

C16: from Latin contrādīcere, from contra- + dīcere to speak, say
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