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Borrowing from Latin contradict-, the participle stem of contrādīcō (I speak against) (originally two words).



contradict (third-person singular simple present contradicts, present participle contradicting, simple past and past participle contradicted)

  1. (obsolete) To speak against; to forbid.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York 2001, p. 203:
      [] magic hath been publically professed in former times, in Salamanca, Cracovia, and other places, though after censured by several universities, and now generally contradicted, though practised by some still […].
  2. To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).
    His testimony contradicts hers.
  3. To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).
    Everything he says contradicts me.
    • Shakespeare
      Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself, / And say it is not so.
    • Wordsworth
      The future cannot contradict the past.
  4. To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist.
    • Hooker
      No truth can contradict another truth.
    • Shakespeare
      A greater power than we can contradict / Hath thwarted our intents.


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