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Word of the Day
Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Definitions for contravene

  1. To act or be counter to; to violate.
  2. To oppose in argument; to contradict.

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Citations for contravene
In 1620 most people considered the likelihood of reversing the seasons inside a building impossible, and many deemed it sacrilege, an attempt to contravene the natural order, to twist the configuration of the world established by God. Tom Shachtman, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
Anorexics, for example, clearly contravene our evolutionary dictate to eat. Jerry A. Coyne, The New Republic
Origin of contravene
Contravene comes from Late Latin contravenire, "to oppose," from Latin contra-, "against" + venire, "to come."