Con`tra*dict" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Contradicted; p.pr. & vb.n Contradicting.] [L. contradictus, p.p. of contradicere to speak against; contra + dicere to speak. See Diction.]

1.

To assert the contrary of; to oppose in words; to take issue with; to gainsay; to deny the truth of, as of a statement or a speaker; to impugn.

Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself, And say it is not so. Shak.

The future can not contradict the past. Wordsworth.

2.

To be contrary to; to oppose; to resist.

[Obs.]

No truth can contradict another truth. Hooker.

A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents. Shak.

 

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Con`tra*dict, v. i.

To oppose in words; to gainsay; to deny, or assert the contrary of, something.

They . . . spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Acts xiii. 45.

 

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