- 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 contradicted
To what extent was the testimony the grand jury heard corroborated or contradicted by forensic evidence?Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story
November 25, 2014
Kimberlin denied any involvement, and no court has contradicted him.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
This, of course, contradicted years of NFL statements, and there has been nary a peep since.This Book Will Stop You Watching Football
October 8, 2013
But this statement is contradicted by the way CAI actually conducts its business.Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson?
April 8, 2013
This idea that the state only advances and never retreats is contradicted by the record of the past half-century.Commentary's Symposium on the Future of Conservatism
January 2, 2013
You never were contradicted before: you had always your own way.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
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)
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
- (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 contradicted
1570s, "speak against," also "assert the contrary" (1580s), from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.