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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 ?
He flattered himself that he knew Jo pretty well, and was, therefore, much amazed by the contradictions of voice, face, and manner, which she showed him in rapid succession that day, for she was in half a dozen different moods in the course of half an hour.
It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
Wragge's personal appearance (if she happened to be seen by accident) would offer the flattest of all possible contradictions to what Magdalen had just said of her.
Whatever contradictions and inconsistencies there were within me, as there are within so many of us; whatever might have been so different, and so much better; whatever I had done, in which I had perversely wandered away from the voice of my own heart; I knew nothing of.
It is such contradictions between the purposes and performance of the Creator that make life--life; you'll never see her again, so make your mind easy--"
It would be tedious to repeat his arguments, and my contradictions.
In this case, if the particular tribunals are invested with a right of ultimate jurisdiction, besides the contradictions to be expected from difference of opinion, there will be much to fear from the bias of local views and prejudices, and from the interference of local regulations.
This school of Socialism dissected with great acuteness the contradictions in the conditions of modern production.
That sauce was made up of contradictions and sufferings, of agonising inward analysis, and all these pangs and pin-pricks gave a certain piquancy, even a significance to my dissipation--in fact, completely answered the purpose of an appetising sauce.
As he quitted the room, Elizabeth felt how improbable it was that they should ever see each other again on such terms of cordiality as had marked their several meetings in Derbyshire; and as she threw a retrospective glance over the whole of their acquaintance, so full of contradictions and varieties, sighed at the perverseness of those feelings which would now have promoted its continuance, and would formerly have rejoiced in its termination.
Tis true; man, as you know," said Aramis, "is a strange animal, made up of contradictions.
The bargain was now commenced in earnest, offering an instructive scene of French protestations, assertions, contradictions and volubility on one side, and of cold, seemingly phlegmatic, but wily Yankee calculation, on the other.