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Contradiction (countable and uncountable; plural Contradictions)
  1. (uncountable) The act of contradicting.
  2. (countable) A statement that contradicts itself.
  3. (countable) a logical incompatibility among two or more elements or propositions
  4. (logic) (countable) A proposition that is false for all values of its variables.

Adjectives for Contradiction

violent; inexplicable; constant; embarrassing; slight; irreconcilable; moral; breathtaking; productive; idealistic; disruptive; imaginary; self-corroding; fatuous; accumulated; social; flat; absurd; apparent; flagrant; painful; notable; mutual; bewildering; amazing; curious; logical; affectionate ; extravagant.

Verbs for Contradiction

affirm—; brook—; claim—; deny—; discern—; encompass with—; endure—; forbid—; indulge in—; involve—; object to—; offset—; press—; profess—; prove—; reconcile—; solve—; sustain—; utter—; —irritates; —perplexes; —proposes; — yawns.

Synonyms for Contradiction

Antonyms for Contradiction

  • (proposition that is false for all values of its variables): tautology

Related terms

contradict; contradictory


abjurement, abrogation, absolute contradiction, annulment, answer, antagonism, antipathy, antithesis, argumentation, backlash, bucking, challenge, chucking, chucking out, clashing, collision, complete answer, conflict, confounding, confrontation, confutation, contempt, contention, contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety, contrary assertion, contrast, contravention, contraversion, controversion, controversy, counteraction, countering, counterposition, counterworking, crankiness, cross-purposes, crosscurrent, crossing, crotchetiness, declination, declining, demolition, denial, despisal, despising, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disaffirmation, disagreement, disallowance, disapproval, disavowal, discard, disclaimer, disclamation, discord, discordance, discordancy, discounting, discrediting, discrepancy, disharmony, dismissal, disownment, disparity, disproof, disregard, dissension, dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, divergence, diversity, effective rejoinder, exception, exclusion, faction, forswearing, friction, gainsaying, head wind, hostility, ignoring, impugnation, impugnment, inaccordance, inconsistency, inequality, inimicalness, interference, jarring, kick, negation, nonacceptance, nonapproval, nonconformity, nonconsideration, nullification, opposing, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, oppugnation, overthrow, overthrowal, passing by, perverseness, perversity, polarity, putting away, putting out, reaction, rebuff, rebutment, rebuttal, recalcitrance, recantation, recoil, refusal, refutal, refutation, rejection, renitency, renouncement, renunciation, repercussion, repudiation, repugnance, repulse, resistance, retractation, retraction, revocation, revolt, scouting, showdown, spurning, squelch, standing against, subversion, swimming upstream, throwing out, traversal, turning out, undercurrent, undermining, unharmoniousness, upset, upsetting, variance


From Latin contrādictiō, from contrādīcō (speak against).


  • (RP) IPA: /ˌkɒntɹəˈdɪkʃən/, SAMPA: /%kQntr@"dIkS@n/
  • (GenAm) IPA: /ˌkɑːntɹəˈdɪkʃən/, SAMPA: /%kA:ntr@"dIkS@n/
    Rhymes: -ɪkʃən




Contradiction f. (plural Contradictions)

  1. Contradiction