contradict

verb
con·​tra·​dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio) \
contradicted; contradicting; contradicts

Definition of contradict

transitive verb

1 : to assert the contrary of : take issue with contradict a rumor She contradicted her brother's account of what happened.
2 : to imply the opposite or a denial of Your actions contradict your words. The evidence contradicts his testimony.

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Other Words from contradict

contradictable \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce contradictable (audio) \ adjective
contradictor \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce contradictor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for contradict

Synonyms

disagree (with), gainsay

Antonyms

agree (with), concur (with)

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deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of. denied the charges gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said. no one can gainsay her claims contradict implies an open or flat denial. her account contradicts his contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility. laws that contravene tradition

Examples of contradict in a Sentence

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.
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Trump then contradicted both his Secretary of State and himself, while blaming the media. Tim Lister, CNN, "After the Saudi oil attacks, all options carry great risk," 16 Sep. 2019 Police body and dashboard camera videos of Elko’s arrest played in court contradicted portions of Takacs’ written report of the incident. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Jury convicts Olmsted Falls woman of resisting arrest, rejects felony charge of assaulting police officer who skinned his knee when he tackled her," 6 Sep. 2019 That contradicted a report from local authorities in the city of Severodvinsk, about 25 miles away. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians," 12 Aug. 2019 That contradicted a report from local authorities in the city of Severodvinsk, about 25 miles away. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Fatal explosion in Russia released radiation, giving United States pause," 12 Aug. 2019 That contradicted an earlier police report that Legan had been fataly shot by three Gilroy Police Department officers who responded to the scene in less than a minute. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "FBI opening domestic terrorism investigation into Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: report," 6 Aug. 2019 Surveillance footage provided to authorities by the security firm contradicted Campbell’s side of what happened. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Security guard charged with murder in shooting outside washateria," 19 June 2019 The government study contradicted other liberal claims. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Real Cure for Economic Insecurity," 16 Jan. 2019 New findings contradict the theory that the life-span divergence between educated and uneducated Americans is due to despair. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of contradict

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contradict

Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere, from contra- + dicere to say, speak — more at diction

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contradict

verb

English Language Learners 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.

contradict

verb
con·​tra·​dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio) \
contradicted; contradicting

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.

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