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 president’s statement has since been contradicted by a senior U.S. official, who said the force strength is unchanged at about 14,000. Washington Post, "US, Taliban scramble to finalize draft on troop withdrawal," 6 July 2019 That was then contradicted by another report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector-general. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019 The central assumptions of government policy regulating medical opioids are directly contradicted by data on prescribing, mortality, and demographics. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 The success in Salt Lake and Portland contradicts conventional wisdom around traffic reduction. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sick of traffic? Get cities to invest in bikes and mass transit, says report," 11 June 2019 An administration spokesman initially said Wednesday afternoon that the government would not reunite those 2,300 children, but was contradicted that night by a more senior official. BostonGlobe.com, "Pentagon asked to prepare housing for up to 20,000 migrant children," 22 June 2018 The expert contradicted statements made by the ship’s Japanese owner who said the damage to the hull was caused by a projectile. Zainab Fattah, Fortune, "U.S. Navy Says It Has Proof Iran Was Involved in Oil Tanker Attacks," 19 June 2019 That directly contradicted the president’s own national security advisor, John Bolton, who hours earlier said the exact opposite — that North Korea had not lived up its commitments. Michael A. Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s latest betrayal strengthens the case for impeachment," 14 June 2019 Some of those witnesses contradicted each other and should not have been allowed during the trial, the judges wrote. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Man on death row for 1997 murder could be set free, sent home to Jordan," 3 June 2019

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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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