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

transitive verb

: to assert the contrary of : take issue with
contradict a rumor
She contradicted her brother's account of what happened.
: to imply the opposite or a denial of
Your actions contradict your words.
The evidence contradicts his testimony.
contradictable adjective
contradictor noun
Choose the Right Synonym for contradict

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Contradict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​tra·​dict ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt How to pronounce contradict (audio)
: to say the opposite of what someone else has said : deny the truth of
: to be opposed or contrary to : go against
your actions contradict your words
contradictor noun

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