- The definition of contradict is to say or write the opposite of something.
- An example of contradict is for a teenager to say he was at the library last night at 8 p.m for four hours., but then to later mention that the movie he saw last night was great.
- An example of contradict is to express a belief against a popular political opinion.
- to assert the opposite of (what someone else has said)
- to deny the statement of (a person)
- to declare (a statement, report, etc.) to be false or incorrect
- to be contrary or opposed to; go against: the facts contradict his theory
Origin of contradict; from Classical Latin contradictus, past participle of contradicere ; from contra-, contra- + dicere, to speak: see diction
verbcon·tra·dict·ed, con·tra·dict·ing, con·tra·dicts
- To assert to be untrue, often by saying the opposite: “The study contradicts the notion that merely keeping busy keeps people healthy” (Richard A. Knox). See Synonyms at deny.
- To assert the opposite of a statement or idea put forward by (someone).
- To be contrary to; be inconsistent with: “[Her] almost giddy warmth in conversation appears to contradict her image as a confrontational, politically outspoken performer” (Elysa Gardner).
Origin of contradictLatin contrādīcere, contrādict-, to speak against : contrā-, contra- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- con′tra·dict′er, con′tra·dic′tor
(third-person singular simple present contradicts, present participle contradicting, simple past and past participle contradicted)
- To deny the truth of (a statement or statements).
- His testimony contradicts hers.
- To make a statement denying the truth of the statement(s) made by (a person).
- Everything he says contradicts me.
- To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist.
From the pariciple stem of Latin contrādīcō (“I speak against”) (originally two words).