con·tra·dict | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈdikt \
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 \ adjective
contradictor \ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-tər \ 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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Elder’s testimony was contradicted by witness Wendy Gembolis, Knight’s girlfriend, who was at the scene. Rafael Olmeda,, "Suspect in Miramar manslaughter argues self defense," 22 June 2018 Real estate agent contradicts defense lawyers Norton’s testimony concluded and prosecutors moved on to the next witness, former Mesa Councilman Rex Griswold, who was involved in a real estate transaction in the case. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Karma or revenge? Defense attorneys grill witness in Arizona utility bribery trial," 12 June 2018 The illusions in two-dimensional imagery are contradicted by flat surfaces that he’s folded, spindled and otherwise mutilated. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 That comment directly contradicts a statement Trump made on April 5. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Rudy Giuliani Said President Trump Reimbursed Michael Cohen for His $130,000 Payment to Stormy Daniels," 3 May 2018 The sister claims Ivory Rucker was assaulted at the hotel by Kendrick’s brother and boyfriend, though a police report contradicts that. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DeKalb state rep says man is ‘aggressively’ stalking her," 1 May 2018 They also are contradicted by actual facts that link the trolling Mueller has identified to the Russian government, itself. Andrew Cohen, Esquire, "Is Bannon Gambling with Mueller?," 20 Feb. 2018 An earlier version of this article said that president Hadi had fled by boat but this was later contradicted by other reports and so has been amended to reflect this. Jack Moore, Newsweek, "$93,000 Bounty For Yemeni President as His Whereabouts Remain Unknown," 25 Mar. 2015 President Donald Trump later tweeted about the incident, seemingly contradicting the spokesperson's claim that there was no meaning behind the jacket. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Brands Respond to Melania Trump's Jacket With 'I Really Care' Clothing," 22 June 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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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 \
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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