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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The meaning of Black Pink aims to contradict the common perception of the color pink. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is BLACKPINK? Everything You Need To Know About The K-Pop Girl Group Topping Charts," 19 Apr. 2019 Joe couldn’t win Beck back after a late-in-season breakup or the show would risk contradicting itself. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 Giuliani has been known to contradict himself regularly, often within the same week or day. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rudy Giuliani undermines two of Trump’s biggest scandal-related denials," 9 July 2018 Trump's own administration later contradicted him by saying the threat remains. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "If North Korea disarms, will U.S. missile defense lose favor?," 26 June 2018 And the discordant noise from members of his administration, who are contradicting him and one another, has further eroded his credibility on the issue. Ashley Parker, courant.com, "President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true," 20 June 2018 The report seemed to contradict the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers index—typically viewed as a good gauge of the manufacturing sector’s health—which rose in January. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Smattering of Contradictory Data Confounds Economists," 15 Feb. 2019 As is often the case in these disputes, even the complaints seem to contradict each other. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 Scott’s executive order seemed to directly contradict HB631. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Contradicting law he signed, Gov. Rick Scott orders that Florida beaches be kept open to public," 12 July 2018

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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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