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contradict (ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt



  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, or ˌcontraˈdictor  noun
ˌcontraˈdictive, or ˌcontraˈdictious  adjective
ˌcontraˈdictively, or ˌcontraˈdictiously  adverb
ˌcontraˈdictiveness, or 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 (archaic) (literary), be at variance with

Translations for 'contradict'

  • British English: 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: يُنَاقِضُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contradizer
  • Chinese: 抵触
  • Croatian: proturiječiti
  • Czech: odporovat
  • Danish: modsige
  • Dutch: tegenspreken
  • European Spanish: contradecir
  • Finnish: väittää vastaan
  • French: contredire
  • German: widersprechen
  • Greek: αντικρούω
  • Italian: contraddire
  • Japanese: 反駁する
  • Korean: 반박하다
  • Norwegian: motsi
  • Polish: zaprzeczyć zaprzeczać
  • Portuguese: contradizer
  • Romanian: a contrazice
  • Russian: противоречить
  • Spanish: contradecir
  • Swedish: motsäga
  • Thai: ขัดแย้ง
  • Turkish: çelişmek
  • Ukrainian: суперечити
  • Vietnamese: 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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