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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 ?
Yea, this ego, with its contradiction and perplexity, speaketh most uprightly of its being--this creating, willing, evaluing ego, which is the measure and value of things.
I use these terms to distinguish this last case from another which might appear to resemble it, but which would, in fact, be essentially different; I mean where the exercise of a concurrent jurisdiction might be productive of occasional interferences in the POLICY of any branch of administration, but would not imply any direct contradiction or repugnancy in point of constitutional authority.
The quantity of the imposition, the expediency or inexpediency of an increase on either side, would be mutually questions of prudence; but there would be involved no direct contradiction of power.
The brother looked at the sister with a fund of amiable contradiction, expressed in a low bow.
The one is, when the matter of the point controverted, is too small and light, not worth the heat and strife about it, kindled only by contradiction.
Such passages will be found, however, to be based upon facts admitting of no contradiction, and which have come immediately under the writer's cognizance.
The case is this: my father's health is growing noticeably worse, he cannot stand any contradiction and is becoming irritable.
The principles of definition, the law of contradiction, the fallacy of arguing in a circle, the distinction between the essence and accidents of a thing or notion, between means and ends, between causes and conditions; also the division of the mind into the rational, concupiscent, and irascible elements, or of pleasures and desires into necessary and unnecessary-- these and other great forms of thought are all of them to be found in the Republic, and were probably first invented by Plato.
The truth is the truth; and neither childish absurdities, nor unscrupulous contradictions, can make it otherwise.
This, it is true, he never affirmed, as I have heard, to any one; and yet upon the least attention to his conduct, I cannot help thinking it was his real opinion, as it will perfectly reconcile some contradictions which might otherwise appear in his character.
Its inconsistencies, contradictions, and falsehood struck her from the very first.
I Sergey Ivanovitch's eyes his younger brother was a capital fellow, with his heart in the right place (as he expressed it in French), but with a mind which, though fairly quick, was too much influenced by the impressions of the moment, and consequently filled with contradictions.