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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The academy started out as something like a small-town trade association, and an embrace of its pragmatic, parochial origins doesn’t contradict a wider, more cosmopolitan scope. New York Times, "The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.," 27 Jan. 2021 Now Morgan has to contradict his own classification of legislatures’ petitions as the sole useful barometer of American opinion. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 Later in his speech, Brooks seemed to contradict his election fraud case. Paul Gattis |, al, "‘Mo Brooks knows no fear’: Republicans rally for embattled Alabama congressman," 24 Jan. 2021 The study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine did not contradict growing evidence that masks can prevent transmission of the virus from wearer to others. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 13-19," 22 Nov. 2020 Salter doesn’t contradict the charge that McCain was a neoconservative, a word that doesn’t appear in the book. Geoffrey Kabaservice, Washington Post, "A moving portrait of John McCain, in all his contradictions," 16 Oct. 2020 Industry leaders are finding themselves in a tricky situation where investor demands for growth contradict the realities of a sunken experience economy. New York Times, "Entrepreneurs Bet Big on Immersive Art Despite Covid-19," 10 Jan. 2021 But there are a few points that contradict the picture. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Good Debate, and It’s Not Quite Over," 23 Oct. 2020 The former New York City mayor appeared to contradict aspects of the story. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Bret Baier: Report on Hunter Biden emails is 'sketchy'," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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28 Feb 2021

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“Contradict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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.


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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