Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To assert or express the opposite of (a statement).
  • transitive v. To deny the statement of. See Synonyms at deny.
  • transitive v. To be contrary to; be inconsistent with.
  • intransitive v. To utter a contradictory statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak against; to forbid.
  • v. To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).
  • v. To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist.
  • intransitive v. To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically: as, his statement was at once contradicted.
  • To deny the words or assertion of; address or speak of in contradiction: as, he contradicted the previous speaker; I contradicted him to his face.
  • To oppose; act or be directly contrary to; be inconsistent with: as, the statement which was made contradicts experience.
  • To speak or declare against; forbid.
  • Synonyms To gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute. To contravene.
  • To utter a contrary statement or a contradiction; deny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be in contradiction with
  • v. prove negative; show to be false
  • v. be resistant to
  • v. deny the truth of

Etymologies

Latin contrādīcere, contrādict-, to speak against : contrā-, contra- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the pariciple stem of Latin contrādīcō ("I speak against") (originally two words). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even the word contradict implies a civilized disagreement “Father, I beg to differ with you” as opposed to the humiliating public showdowns many of us have experienced.

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

  • #31 – Coldlimptruth – see posts 12, 19, and 27 … they show how Karls word contradict Karls words.

    Think Progress » The Gaping Hole In Rove’s Defense

  • The meanings and inferences associated with the subject (omnipotence = physical power) of a counterintuitive expression contradict those associated with the predicate (insubstantial = lack of physical substance), as in the expressions “the bachelor is married” or “the deceased is alive.”

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • But Suong also smiled tolerantly when the others boasted to us and never said a word to contradict them.

    The Village

  • If it makes you feel good to believe that Obama is a narco-terrorist socialist Nazi Muslim crypto-fascist dictator from another planet, then, hey, it's true (or truthy, in Colbert's lexicon) and never mind that all those terms contradict each other.

    theday.Com - Breaking News

  • So perhaps that is why you have the perception that I 'contradict' posts.

    Poll: Hillary Doesn't Have To Apologize For 2002 Iraq Vote

  • One of the TOOLS of "writing within continuity" certainly IS the ability to "contradict" what came before, as long as you are giving a good, rational explanation about it.

    Giffen on Continuity | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

  • PHILLIPS: And then again, there are a number of critics that come forward and say there is a lot of division within the Democratic Party to kind of contradict what you're saying there, which is interesting.

    CNN Transcript May 21, 2008

  • And there's been a bit of grumbling in the British press about why it was that these people did so apparently easily stand before the cameras and, you know, kind of contradict the official British line.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2007

  • HEMMER: Also, Bill, give me an idea here, we're seeing various reports here that kind of contradict one another.

    CNN Transcript Oct 19, 2004

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