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
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