Simple Definition of contradict
: to say the opposite of (something that someone else has said) : to deny the truth of (something)
: to deny or disagree with what is being said by (someone)
: to not agree with (something) in a way that shows or suggests that it is false, wrong, etc.
Examples of contradict
He contradicted the charges of his critics.
My sister doesn't like being contradicted.
The mayor's actions in office contradicted the promises he made during the campaign.
Origin of contradict
Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere, from contra- + dicere to say, speak — more at diction
First Known Use: 1582
Synonym Discussion of contradict
CONTRADICT Defined for Kids
Definition of contradict
1 : to deny the truth of a statement : say the opposite of what someone else has said <“Jack's afraid of something,” Mary said. “Jack's not afraid of anything, ever!” Laura contradicted. — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>
2 : to be opposed to <Your actions contradict your words.>
Word Root of contradict
The Latin word dicere, meaning “to say” or “to speak,” and its form dictus give us the root dict. Words from the Latin dicere have something to do with saying or speaking. To dictate is to say words that are to be written down by someone else. To contradict is to say the opposite of what someone else has said. To predict is to say what will happen before it does.
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