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con·tra·dic·tion

 (kŏn′trə-dĭk′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of contradicting: the witness's contradiction of other testimony.
b. The state of being contradicted: a supervisor who cannot tolerate contradiction from any subordinate.
2.
a. An inconsistency or discrepancy: "Surprisingly few people saw a contradiction between freedom for whites and bondage for slaves" (Adam Hochschild).
b. Inconsistency; discrepancy: practices that are in contradiction to human rights.
3. One that contains elements that oppose or conflict with one another: The phrase "an unmarried husband" is a contradiction in terms.

contradiction

(ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən)
n
1. the act of going against; opposition; denial
2. a declaration of the opposite or contrary
3. a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms)
4. conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
5. a person or thing containing conflicting qualities
6. (Logic) logic a statement that is false under all circumstances; necessary falsehood

con•tra•dic•tion

(ˌkɒn trəˈdɪk ʃən)

n.
1. the act of contradicting.
2. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial.
3. a statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another or itself and is logically incongruous.
4. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.
5. a contradictory act, fact, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contradiction - opposition between two conflicting forces or ideascontradiction - opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
dialectic - a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction; "this situation created the inner dialectic of American history"
2.contradiction - (logic) a statement that is necessarily false; "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
antinomy - a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
paradox - (logic) a statement that contradicts itself; "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
3.contradiction - the speech act of contradicting someone; "he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction"
negation - the speech act of negating
self-contradiction - contradicting yourself

contradiction

noun
1. conflict, inconsistency, contravention, incongruity, confutation They see no contradiction in using violence to bring about a religious state.
2. negation, opposite, denial, antithesis What he does is a contradiction of what he says.

contradiction

noun
2. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or charge:
Law: traversal.
Translations
تَنَاقُضتَناقُض، تَعارُض، تَكْذيبتنقص
rozporsporkontradikceodporování
modsigelse
ristiriita
kontradikcija
ellentmondás
mótsögn
反駁
반박
motsigelsedementikontradiksjon
odporovanie
nasprotjeprotislovje
motsägelse
ความขัดแย้ง
sự mâu thuẫn

contradiction

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən] Ncontradicción f
to be a contradiction in termsser contradictorio

contradiction

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən] ncontradiction f
to be in contradiction with → contredire, être en contradiction avec contradiction in termscontradiction in terms [kɒntrəˌdɪkʃənɪnˈtɜːmz] ncontradiction f dans les termes

contradiction

nWiderspruch m(of zu); (= (act of) contradicting)Widersprechen nt; full of contradictionsvoller Widersprüchlichkeiten; to give a flat contradictioneinfach or rundheraus widersprechen (+dat)

contradiction

[ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃn] ncontraddizione f
to be in contradiction with → discordare con
contradiction in terms → contraddizione (in termini)

contradict

(kontrəˈdikt) verb
to say the opposite of; to argue or disagree with. It's unwise to contradict your boss.
ˌcontraˈdiction (-ʃən) noun
ˌcontraˈdictory adjective

contradiction

تَنَاقُض rozpor modsigelse Widerspruch αντίφαση contradicción ristiriita contradiction kontradikcija contraddizione 反駁 반박 tegenspraak motsigelse zaprzeczenie contradição противоречие motsägelse ความขัดแย้ง çelişki sự mâu thuẫn 矛盾

contradiction

n. contradicción, oposición.
References in classic literature ?
Such a direct and palpable contradiction of the tale related by the father caused all eyes to be turned on him.
I can't name the exquisite pathos of the contradiction given to such a speech by such a speaker; I only know that the next instant I heard myself throw off with homely force: "Stuff and nonsense
But that contradiction in the lamp more and more appals him.
Colonel Lloyd could not brook any contradiction from a slave.
Emma knew this was too true for contradiction, and therefore said nothing.
But where is the use of going on," I asked, "when you are probably preparing some iron blow of contradiction, or forging a fresh chain to fetter your heart?
Surely, this self-contradictory girl had perversely accomplished one contradiction more, by developing into a character which was out of all harmony with her own Christian name!
And yet, observing the strange law of contradiction which obtains in all such cases, the time was long, while it flamed by so fast.
It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers.
Her own views of every question, and her correction of everything that was said to which she was opposed, Miss Dartle insinuated in the same way: sometimes, I could not conceal from myself, with great power, though in contradiction even of Steerforth.
Drummle and I then sat snorting at one another for an hour, while the Grove engaged in indiscriminate contradiction, and finally the promotion of good feeling was declared to have gone ahead at an amazing rate.
But whatever blemishes others might discern in William, to his friend's mind he was faultless; for Marner had one of those impressible self-doubting natures which, at an inexperienced age, admire imperativeness and lean on contradiction.