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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This contradicts previous messaging from the military. Christian Science Monitor, "USA | Military," 7 June 2019 The devaluation of nuanced, socially conscious thinking about power and its effects contradicts the spirit of the very passage from Notes on the State of Virginia Coleman echoed. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 At some points, Biden’s climate plan contradicts some of the candidate’s past positions. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden jumps on the Green New Deal train with climate plan," 4 June 2019 That contradicts key passages of the Mueller report, in which Mr. McGahn recounted that Mr. Trump twice instructed him to have the special counsel removed, and then later asked him to deny media reports about those orders. The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "What the Mueller Report Says About Trump’s Efforts to Remove the Special Counsel," 25 Apr. 2019 The report, the first by the agency since 2005, contradicts other recent studies that find the American worker is becoming less bound by the traditional employee-employer relationship. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "Share of Americans working as independent contractors dips, government data shows," 7 June 2018 In a news conference Thursday, church representatives said their own vote count contradicted the official results, but didn’t name Mr. Fayulu. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Congo Opposition Candidate to Challenge Election Results," 11 Jan. 2019 Members of the Truth and Dignity Commission said this contradicted their mission, which was to hold the accused accountable before the Tunisian public. Lilia Blaise, New York Times, "Tunisia Truth Commission Brings One Court Case in Four Years," 6 June 2018 In a two-page letter Thursday to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the panel, Coons said that information in recent news reports contradicts Trump Jr.'s September 2017 testimony. NBC News, "Democratic senator says Trump Jr. may have lied in congressional testimony," 25 May 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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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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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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