contradiction contradiction  /ˌkɑn trə ˈdɪk ʃən/


  1. (n) opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
  2. (n) (logic) a statement that is necessarily false
  3. (n) the speech act of contradicting someone


  1. The gazillion dollars spent on David Beckham notwithstanding, the idea of sports making Americans aware of the larger world is something of a contradiction in terms.
  2. Talk about the Iraq War without apologies or perceived contradiction.
  3. Sharp-eyed Britons, poring over copies of Burke's Peerage and Debrett's, noted an odd contradiction in the listing for Sir Robert Dillon, 44, eighth Baronet, of Lismullen in.


  1. Interest in Brewers never goes flat in Milwaukee

    Even though the Brewers have wallowed near or at the bottom of the National League Central for most of the season, they've provided this wonderfully strange contradiction in Milwaukee: The losses keep coming for the hometown team, but so have the fans to Miller Park.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Milwaukee Brewers

  2. VIDEO WEDNESDAY: Jenee Halstead and her awesome voice

    Are you seeing enough Jenee Halstead ? Are you seeing her at all? Oh, man, you gotta check her out -- she’s local and across the East Coast all June . Halstead's voice is absurdly cool. It has that angelic/devilish contradiction and blends a growl with these devastating high runs. The voice is so good you almost don't notice the songs. But then you do and you see that Halstead also has ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  3. Basketball: The 'Ultimate Contradiction'

    Basketball offers its fans the ultimate contradiction. On the one hand, it's the sport that most depends on its stars. On the other, it's the most intimate — even organic — of all the team games, with its players more fundamentally involved with one another. Both of these opposing realities are rooted in the same base. After all, basketball has the fewest players — five — and usually only a ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KERA North Texas


  1. "We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past," Mr. Obama said in his regular Saturday radio address. "Don't believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing...
    on Jun 27, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "There is a complete contradiction between BP's words and deeds. You were brought in to make safety the top priority of BP. But under your leadership, BP has taken the most extreme risks," he said, setting the tone for the hearing.
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Henry Waxman Source: Financial Times (blog)

  3. "A person who has defied the (secular) republic, who has said he finds it to be wrong, is about to move to the top of the state. This is a contradiction," said Deniz Baykal, leader of the secular opposition.
    on Aug 28, 2007 By: Deniz Baykal Source: Forbes

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