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contradict (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt Pronunciation for contradict



  1. (transitive) to affirm the opposite of (a proposition, statement, etc)
  2. (transitive) to declare (a proposition, statement, etc) to be false or incorrect; deny
  3. (intransitive) to be argumentative or contrary
  4. (transitive) to be inconsistent with (a proposition, theory, etc)   ⇒ the facts contradicted his theory
  5. (intransitive) (of two or more facts, principles, etc) to be at variance; be in contradiction

Derived Forms

ˌcontraˈdictable adjective
ˌcontraˈdicter, ˌcontraˈdictor noun
ˌcontraˈdictive, ˌcontraˈdictious adjective
ˌcontraˈdictively, ˌcontraˈdictiously adverb
ˌcontraˈdictiveness, ˌcontraˈdictiousness noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin contrādīcere, from contra- + dīcere to speak, say


View thesaurus entry
= dispute, deny, challenge, belie, fly in the face of, make a nonsense of, gainsay, be at variance with

Translations for 'contradict'

  • British English: contradictPronunciation for contradict If you contradict someone, you say or suggest that what they have just said is wrong.She dared not contradict her.ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt VERB
  • Arabic: يُنَاقِضُPronunciation for يُنَاقِضُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contradizerPronunciation for contradizer
  • Chinese: 抵触Pronunciation for 抵触
  • Croatian: proturiječitiPronunciation for proturiječiti
  • Czech: odporovatPronunciation for odporovat
  • Danish: modsigePronunciation for modsige
  • Dutch: tegensprekenPronunciation for tegenspreken
  • European Spanish: contradecirPronunciation for contradecir
  • Finnish: väittää vastaanPronunciation for väittää vastaan
  • French: contredirePronunciation for contredire
  • German: widersprechenPronunciation for widersprechen
  • Greek: αντικρούωPronunciation for αντικρούω
  • Italian: contraddirePronunciation for contraddire
  • Japanese: 反駁するPronunciation for 反駁する
  • Korean: 반박하다Pronunciation for 반박하다
  • Norwegian: motsiPronunciation for motsi
  • Polish: zaprzeczyćPronunciation for zaprzeczyć zaprzeczać
  • Portuguese: contradizerPronunciation for contradizer
  • Romanian: a contrazice
  • Russian: противоречитьPronunciation for противоречить
  • Spanish: contradecirPronunciation for contradecir
  • Swedish: motsägaPronunciation for motsäga
  • Thai: ขัดแย้งPronunciation for ขัดแย้ง
  • Turkish: çelişmekPronunciation for çelişmek
  • Ukrainian: суперечити
  • Vietnamese: mâu thuẫnPronunciation for mâu thuẫn

Example Sentences Including 'contradict'

Ciullo raised his palm as though I were about to contradict this account of the bureaucratic mind.
Reeves, Robert Doubting Thomas
He talked quite freely, but then he would contradict himself.
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man
If I may contradict you, Mr Stevens is someone I have not known for years.
Goldsborough, Robert Murder in E Minor


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