• WordNet 3.6
    • v contradict prove negative; show to be false
    • v contradict be resistant to "The board opposed his motion"
    • v contradict deny the truth of
    • v contradict be in contradiction with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contradict 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. "Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself,
      And say it is not so."
      "The future can not contradict the past."
    • Contradict To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist. "No truth can contradict another truth.""A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents."
    • v. i Contradict To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something. "They . . . spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contradict To assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically: as, his statement was at once contradicted.
    • contradict 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.
    • contradict To oppose; act or be directly contrary to; be inconsistent with: as, the statement which was made contradicts experience.
    • contradict To speak or declare against; forbid.
    • contradict Synonyms To gainsay, impugn, controvert, dispute. To contravene.
    • contradict To utter a contrary statement or a contradiction; deny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Contradict kon-tra-dikt′ to oppose by words: to assert the contrary: to deny: to be contrary to in character
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  • Antisthenes
    “We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.”
  • Georges Bataille
    “I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contradictus, p. p. of contradicere, to speak against; contra, + dicere, to speak. See Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contradicĕre, -dictum.


In literature:

I deserved to have them, for there was in me nothing but contradiction, and my whole life was one single great lie.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
He is really a kind and generous man, but he loves to contradict my aunt, and no one else can so easily make her angry.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
The Apostle's language is a seeming contradiction.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
This is the language, also, of ridicule; the contradiction makes it absurd, the incongruity ridiculous.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
How full of contradiction, how much in need of critical scrutiny and research are the reports even on savage human tribes!
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
To contradict in detail every hostile version of Henry VIII.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
And all mankind, in contradiction strong, Rueful, aghast!
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
Parmenides himself did not see the contradiction.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Augusta will very soon be gone now, and Aunt Emmeline is not bad at all if you will only not contradict her.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Not for me to contradict you.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood

In poetry:

Strange contradictions me befal,
I can't believe unless I see;
Yet never can believe at all,
Till once I shut the seeing eye.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
For he is the man for the working man,
And without fear of contradiction, deny it who can;
Because he wishes the working man to have a good coat,
And, both in town and country, to have power to vote.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall
Love dos'd, we said, nay, took a nap,
And yet this sly and random chap
Ne'er left the husband nor the wife,
But lodgings took in both for life:
They'd too much love to cause a riot,
And contradiction to be quiet.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
I am blind, you out there — that is a curse,
against one's will, a contradiction,
a heavy daily burden.
I lay my hand on the arm of my wife,
my grey hand upon her greyer grey,
as she guides me through empty spaces.
"The Song Of The Blindman" by Rainer Maria Rilke
At length fatigu'd with idle prating,
With contradiction and debating;
It was propos'd, and straight agreed,
A new-form'd monarch should succeed,
And each, to make the plan expedient,
Should of offer some DIVINE ingredient.
"The Origin of Cupid -- A Fable" by Mary Darby Robinson
I am blind, you outsiders; it is a curse,
a loathsome thing, a contradiction
that weighs more heavily by the day.
I put my hand on the arm of the woman,
my grey hand upon her grey sleeve,
and she leads me through the echoing emptiness.
"The Blindman's Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Is Bush trying to "heighten the contradictions".
Black and Jewish, and Seeing No Contradiction.
" Hamilton suggests pairing a fun and casual tie- dyed piece with something more intricate, such as a lace skirt or a structured jacket for a "chic contradiction.
The White House yesterday denied it edited talking points about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya — contradicting remarks made a day earlier by disgraced ex-CIA.
DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS FILE PHOTO Physicists at CERN rocked the scientific world when they revealed test results in September that appeared to contradict Einstein 's theory of relativity.
Eliza Rickman's "Pretty Little Head" is simple yet intricate, a contradiction which helps give it the feel of a nursery rhyme that's just starting to teeter off the rails.
Arlen Specter was one of a kind, a walking contradiction who could infuriate his colleagues one day and earn their admiration the next.
Contradicting promises he made to neighbors and city officials, controversial venue owner Erineo "Eddie" Carranza has served a five-day eviction notice to the much-admired operators of the Portage Theater.
Maryland Dream Act directly contradicts the legal intent of an already existing federal law .
The punt seems to contradict football's essence, as coaches voluntarily relinquish the ball even though they have at least one more chance to move it forward.
Lies, Half-truths and Contradictions: Mitt Romney's flip-flop on contraception.
Freud was a self hugger who mis-interpreted mental illness when clients chose values that contradicted his own.
Information on the website for Five Guys Burgers and Fries states all of the restaurant's burgers are cooked "juicy and well done," which seems to be a contradiction.
The Revealing Contradictions of Chinese Nationalism.
Robert Griffin III not yet ruled out for this week, says source, contradicting WR Pierre Garcon .

In science:

Therefore P (#B = k) = 0 for any k , a contradiction.
Determinantal random point fields
Suppose, to obtain a contradiction, that we are in the third case and that d is greater than 4 but not equal to 6.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Note that if two of these cases were to hold simultaneously, then b would equal a multiple of q , contradicting our assumption that b is coprime to q .
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Suppose, to obtain a contradiction, that π corresponds to an isogeny class that is not absolutely simple.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
The first possibility cannot occur, because it would imply that d = n, contradicting hypothesis (1).
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field