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contradiction

con·tra·dic·tion

contradiction

pronunciation:
kan tr dIk shn
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of contradicting, or the state of being in denial of or in complete disagreement with something else.
She was surprised at his contradiction of what she believed to be a simple statement of fact.Unfortunately, the facts stood in contradiction to the researcher's theory.
antonyms:
affirmation, confirmation
similar words:
denial, negation, nullification
definition 2: a statement that contradicts itself or another statement; denial.
That right can be wrong appears to be a contradiction.The first sentence of this paragraph is a contradiction of what you wrote in the paragraph above.
antonyms:
confirmation, reaffirmation
similar words:
negation
definition 3: a condition in which two things are in opposition to each other; inconsistency; discrepancy.
The case he was trying to make was weakened by a number of contradictions in his supporting evidence.
antonyms:
agreement
similar words:
disagreement, discrepancy
definition 4: a person or thing that has contradictory qualities, elements, or the like.
His life has been a series of contradictions.
Word Parts
The word contradiction contains the following parts:
counter-, contra- Latin prefix that means against, in the opposite direction