Word of the DayTuesday, February 12, 2002
\kon-truh-VEEN\ , transitive verb;
To act or be counter to; to violate.
To oppose in argument; to contradict.
In 1620 most people considered the likelihood of reversing the seasons inside a building impossible, and many deemed it sacrilege, an attempt to contravene the natural order, to twist the configuration of the world established by God.
-- Tom Shachtman, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
Anorexics, for example, clearly contravene our evolutionary dictate to eat.
-- Jerry A. Coyne, "Of Vice and Men", The New Republic, April 3, 2000
Contravene comes from Late Latin contravenire, "to oppose," from Latin contra-, "against" + venire, "to come."
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