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ˌkɒn trəˈdɪktcon·tra·dict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contradict, belie, negateverb

    be in contradiction with

  2. contradict, negate, contraveneverb

    deny the truth of

  3. oppose, controvert, contradictverb

    be resistant to

    "The board opposed his motion"

  4. negate, contradictverb

    prove negative; show to be false


  1. contradictverb

    To speak against; to forbid.

    Etymology: From the pariciple stem of contradico (originally two words).

  2. contradictverb

    To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).

    His testimony contradicts hers.

    Etymology: From the pariciple stem of contradico (originally two words).

  3. contradictverb

    To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).

    Everything he says contradicts me.

    Etymology: From the pariciple stem of contradico (originally two words).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contradictverb

    to assert the contrary of; to oppose in words; to take issue with; to gainsay; to deny the truth of, as of a statement or a speaker; to impugn

    Etymology: [L. contradictus, p. p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]

  2. Contradictverb

    to be contrary to; to oppose; to resist

    Etymology: [L. contradictus, p. p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]

  3. Contradictverb

    to oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something

    Etymology: [L. contradictus, p. p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contradict

    kon-tra-dikt′, v.t. to oppose by words: to assert the contrary: to deny: to be contrary to in character.—adj. Contradict′able.—n. Contradic′tion, act of contradicting: a speaking against: denial: inconsistency.—adj. Contradic′tious.—advs. Contradic′tiously (rare), Contradic′torily.—adjs. Contradict′ive, Contradict′ory, affirming the contrary: inconsistent.—n. Contradict′oriness, the quality of being contradictory, [L. contradicĕre, -dictum.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradict in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contradict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of contradict in a Sentence

  1. Plato, Symposium:

    But, my dearest Agathon, it is truth which you cannot contradict; you can without any difficulty contradict Socrates.

  2. Legacy Church:

    But when governments exceed their constitutional authority and contradict what we are called on by God to do, we answer first to His authority.

  3. Zacarias Moussaoui:

    I also proclaim unequivocally my opposition to any terrorist action, attack, propaganda against the U.S. This undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff Office shows Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaou, the only man ever convicted in a U.S. court for a role in the Sept. 11 attacks now says he is renouncing terrorism. ( Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office via AP, File) He also renouncedAl Qaeda and the Islamic State terror groups. The motion was made in an attempt to relax the special administrative measures under which he serves his sentence. He also asked thatRudy Giuliani, New Yorks mayor at the time ofthe plot andPresident Trumps personal lawyer, or famed attorney Alan Dershowitz represent him in a civil trial. His remarks contradict his action during his 2006 trial, whenhe narrowly escaped the death penalty. During the proceedings, he taunted victims and flashed a victory sign after a jury opted to sentence him to life in prison. God save Bin Laden, you will never get him.

  4. Sir Francis Bacon, O Magazine, April 2003:

    Read not to contradict and confute…nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

  5. The Waco Tribune-Herald:

    Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a caring Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established and fully staffed a Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor's mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.

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    • A. apex
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