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contradict (v.)

1570s, "speak against, oppose" (a sense now obsolete); 1580s, "assert the contrary or opposite of," from Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere "to speak against," from contra "against" (see contra (prep., adv.)) + dicere "to say, speak" (from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly").

Meaning "deny the words or assertions of, speak in contradiction" is from c. 1600. Of statements, etc., "be inconsistent with," c. 1600. Related: Contradicted; contradicting; contradictive.

Origin and meaning of contradict

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Definitions of contradict

contradict (v.)
be in contradiction with;
Synonyms: belie / negate
contradict (v.)
deny the truth of;
Synonyms: negate / contravene
contradict (v.)
be resistant to;
Synonyms: oppose / controvert
contradict (v.)
prove negative; show to be false;
Synonyms: negate
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