contradiction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contradiction the speech act of contradicting someone "he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"
    • n contradiction (logic) a statement that is necessarily false "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"
    • n contradiction opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contradiction An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying. "His fair demands
      Shall be accomplished without contradiction ."
    • Contradiction Direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency; incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is inconsistent. "can he make deathless death? That were to make
      Strange contradiction ."
      "We state our experience and then we come to a manly resolution of acting in contradiction to it.""Both parts of a contradiction can not possibly be true.""Of contradictions infinite the slave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contradiction An assertion of the direct opposite to what has been said or affirmed; denial; contrary declaration.
    • n contradiction Opposition, whether by argument or conduct.
    • n contradiction Direct, opposition or repugnancy; absolute inconsistency; specifically, the relation of two propositions which are so opposed that one must be false and one must be true.
    • n contradiction Figuratively, a person who or a thing which is self-contradictory or inconsistent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contradiction act of contradicting: a speaking against: denial: inconsistency
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Quotations

  • Georges Bataille
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    “I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be consistent.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contradictio, answer, objection: cf. F. contradiction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contradicĕre, -dictum.

Usage

In literature:

They were not to be moved by so slight a thing as a contradiction of Cobham in one place by Cobham in another.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
If we take Huber as a guide, we find many points recently contradicted.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
In this novel, the result of revenge, truth asserts its rights, notwithstanding all the contradictions of which the book is full.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
It is curious to see how Hermes plays with polytheism, hinting ever so slyly the contradiction in the Greek Pantheon.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Not that the contradiction between the two men occurs every day; in commonplace matters all moral schools agree.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Thus the frailty and superficiality of our own judgments cannot brook contradiction.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
It is also true that the Homeric Zeus is full of contradictions.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
I had scarcely made this reflection, when, as if to contradict it, the form of a noble animal became outlined before my eyes.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The enemies of the Restoration, in their haste to condemn it from the very first hour, have plunged into strange contradictions.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
When he resumed he spoke in brief decisive sentences as though forbidding question or contradiction until he had finished.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
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In poetry:

STILL, though the one I sing,
(One, yet of contradictions made,) I dedicate to Nationality,
I leave in him Revolt, (O latent right of insurrection! O quenchless,
indispensable fire!)
"Still, Though The One I Sing" by Walt Whitman
We who know not the charms of a glass below Zero,
Come list to the lay of an Alpine Club hero;
For no mortal below, contradict it who can,
Lives a life half so blest as the Alpine Club man.
"The Alpine Club Man" by E W Bowling
And each contradicted the next witness flat,
Concerning back parlours, side-doors, and all that;
‘Twas very conflicting, as all must agree—
‘Ye’d better take care!’ said O’Hara, J.P.
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson
But as to risings, I can tell you why.
It is on contradiction that they grow.
It seemed the best thing to be up and go.
Up was the heartening and strong reply.
The heart of standing is we cannot fly.
"Aubade" by William Empson
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
We raise our arguments like sitting ducks
to knock them down with logic or with luck
and contradict ourselves for fun;
the waitress holds our coats and we put on
the raw wind like a scarf; love is a faun
who insists his playmates run.
"Love Is A Parallax" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Popular views of the American Revolution usually overlook one aspect of it that sharply contradicts the idealized image of a struggle for liberty against oppression.
Memos contradict Holder on "Fast and Furious".
This month's contest watch is a study in contradictions.
China's Tight-Rope Walk: Balancing the Contradictions in Chinese Growth.
Some things are just contradictions in terms.
In his latest Against the Grain commentary, CBSNews.com's Dick Meyer chatters about the contradictions of the chattering class.
Schoolboy Q, 'Habits and Contradictions'.
"Habits and Contradictions" by Schoolboy Q.
Schoolboy Q Habits & Contradictions.
Schoolboy Q, 'Habits and Contradictions'.
Schoolboy Q Habits & Contradictions.
"I don't think there is a great fiction that is not an essential contradiction of the world as it is," he said during a recent visit to New York.
When reviewing a place like Song Long Restaurant, we must dedicate at least one sentence to explaining how its existence contradicts its surroundings.
A friend of mine, a novelist, told me he wants to create a character like Humpty Dumpty, with so many sides and contradictions you can't glue him back together.
FBI director appears to contradict Gonzales' testimony .
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In science:

So we may assume that there is a set {a′ i : i < λ} ⊂ Mj \ I which is coinitial in M ∗ \ I . (We shall derive a contradiction from this. ) Let bE2 ∈ B with b /∈ Mj .
Definability of initial segments
Toward a contradiction, we assume that there is an undefinable (in the sense of N ) subset I ⊂ N with (N , I ) |= ψ ∗(P ) and I 6= {S n(0) : n ∈ ω}.
Definability of initial segments
This contradicts the last clause in the definition of ψ ∗ .
Definability of initial segments
Again this contradicts the last clause in the definition of ψ ∗ .
Definability of initial segments
If there are two such elements, they are distinguished by elements of lower levels, contradicting the minimality.) We claim that {(bi )E2 : i < ℵ1} determines a branch B = {cE2 : cE2 ≤tr (bi )E2 for some i}.
Definability of initial segments
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