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contradiction

noun

  1. (opposition)  opposition between 2 conflicting forces or ideas
    Type of: opposition
  2. (system of logic)  a statement that is necessarily false
    Synonyms: contradiction in terms. Topic: system of logic. Type of: falsehood
  3. (negation)  the speech act of contradicting someone
    Type of: negation

Etymology summary

Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Contradiction

consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other. Illustrating a general tendency in applied... (36 of 2538 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

contradiction | opposition [synonym, sense-specific] | denial [synonym, sense-specific]

the act of going against; opposition; denial | a declaration of the opposite or contrary | a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the ... (25 of 466 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/contradiction

Merriam-Webster:

contradiction | dichotomy [synonym, sense-specific] | incongruity [synonym, sense-specific] | paradox [synonym, sense-specific] | acknowledgment [antonym, sense-specific] | admission [antonym, sense-specific] | avowal [antonym, sense-specific] | confirmation [antonym, sense-specific] | antinomy [similar, sense-specific] | ...

act or an instance of contradicting | a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something ; a ... (24 of 191 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/contradiction

Oxford Dictionary:

contradiction | contradiction in terms

a combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another | a situation in which inconsistent elements are present | the ... (22 of 143 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/contradiction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

contradiction [countable/uncountable] | contradictions [plural] | a contradiction in terms | without fear of contradiction

a difference in two or more statements, ideas, stories etc that makes it impossible for both or all of them to be true | "a contradiction in terms": a ... (28 of 141 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contradiction

Cambridge Dictionary:

contradiction | a contradiction in terms | contradiction in terms

when something is the complete opposite of something else or very different from something else, so that one of them must be wrong | "a contradiction ... (25 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/contradiction

Random House Dictionary:

contradiction

the act of contradicting; gainsaying or opposition. | assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial. | a statement or proposition that contradicts or ... (21 of 50 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/contradiction

Wiktionary:

contradiction | contradictions [plural] | ↯ [synonym, sense-specific] | ⇒⇐ [synonym, sense-specific] | ⊥ [synonym, sense-specific] | ↮ [synonym, sense-specific] | ※ [synonym, sense-specific] | tautology [antonym, sense-specific]

[uncountable] The act of contradicting. | [countable] A statement that contradicts itself. | [countable] a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions | [logic, countable] A proposition that is false for all values of its variables. (35 of 49 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contradiction

New World Dictionary:

contradiction

a contradicting or being contradicted | a statement in opposition to another; denial | a condition in which things tend to be contrary to each other; ... (24 of 48 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/contradiction

American Heritage Dictionary:

contradiction

The act of contradicting. | The state of being contradicted. | A denial. | Inconsistency; discrepancy. | Something that contains contradictory ... (17 of 21 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

contradiction | contradictions [plural]

something that has aspects that are illogical or inconsistent with each other | a statement, or the making of a statement, that opposes or disagrees ... (24 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599983​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

contradiction

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) "a reply, objection, counterargument", ... (17 of 38 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

contradiction

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin contradictio(n-), from the verb contradicere (see "contradict")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/contradiction

New World Dictionary:

contradiction

Origin: Middle English contradiccioun from Old French contradiction from Latin contradictio

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/contradiction

Wiktionary:

contradiction

Origin: Latin contrādictiō, from contrādīcō ("speak against").

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

contradiction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contradiction"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

contradiction [countable/uncountable] | contradictions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "contradiction"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contradiction

Macmillan American Dictionary:

contradiction [countable/uncountable] | contradictions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contradiction"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

contradiction

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "contradiction"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "contradiction"

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the Free Dictionary:

contradiction

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Google Dictionary:

contradiction | contradictions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "contradiction"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

contradiction

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contradiction"

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YourDictionary Audio:

contradiction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contradiction" by speech synthesizer

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