Synonyms & Antonyms of contradict

1 to make an assertion that is contrary to one made by (another)
  • no matter what I say, you always have to contradict me

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2 to declare not to be true
  • his account contradicted the story that they had gotten earlier

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How does the verb contradict differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of contradict are contravene, deny, and gainsay. While all these words mean "to refuse to accept as true or valid," contradict implies an open or flat denial.

her account contradicts his

In what contexts can contravene take the place of contradict?

Although the words contravene and contradict have much in common, contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility.

laws that contravene tradition

When could deny be used to replace contradict?

The synonyms deny and contradict are sometimes interchangeable, but deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of.

denied the charges

When would gainsay be a good substitute for contradict?

The words gainsay and contradict can be used in similar contexts, but gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said.

no one can gainsay her claims

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The first known use of contradict was in 1582

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contracts (for)



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“Contradict.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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