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 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 Lawyers for the utility contend in a Dec. 10 court filing that the charter amendments, if approved, would contradict language in city ordinances and bond agreements spelling out how the utility is governed. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "‘They’re trying to snuff it out’: San Antonio Water System wants judge to declare reform drive null and void," 5 Jan. 2021 These sources directly contradict earlier, disparaging histories. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 The customer counts at Dallas area centers contradict some of the new economic data about consumer health and capacity for spending. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Dallas-area shopping center traffic picked up the last weekend before Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 But the governing body’s policies contradict themselves on that point. USA Today, "Help USA TODAY investigate misconduct in cheerleading," 23 Dec. 2020 These numbers contradict the view that low-income countries tend to overborrow. Ramya Vijaya, Quartz, "Covid-19 further exposes inequalities in the global financial system," 17 Dec. 2020 The findings contradict a narrative that was a large part of the school's history. Paul Best, Fox News, "Johns Hopkins University reckons with history, reveals founder owned multiple slaves," 10 Dec. 2020 The comments from Barr, one of President Trump‘s most ardent allies, contradict the persistent, baseless efforts by Trump to subvert the results of last month’s voting and block President-elect Joe Biden from taking his place in the White House. Los Angeles Times, "Today: The contact tracer’s struggle," 2 Dec. 2020 Barr's comments, in an interview with the The Associated Press, contradict the concerted effort by Trump, his boss, to subvert the results of last month's voting and block President-elect Joe Biden from taking his place in the White House. Bloomberg.com, "Barr: No Evidence of Fraud That Would Change Election Outcome," 1 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2021

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“Contradict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contradict. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for contradict

contradict

verb
How to pronounce contradict (audio)

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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