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  • Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
  • Does the sentence contradict what is said in the previous paragraph?
  • She makes nice speeches, but her actions contradict her words.
  • She said, "This is a fine mess," which sounds like a contradiction to me.

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  • He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. "Next time there would be no mercy." He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "It isn’t any use to the Kaiser either. He has everything he can want already."
    "I’m not so sure about that," contradicts Kat, "he has not had a war up till now. And every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous."
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He can swear the body’s been dead at least an hour and who’s to contradict him?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • You people seem not to comprehend that a minister is the Lord’s man in the parish; a minister is not to be so lightly crossed and contradicted
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
    Point One: He was a member of the Nazi Party, but he did not hate the Jews, or anyone else for that matter.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The YOUNGER living room would be a comfortable and well-ordered room if it were not for a number of indestructible contradictions to this state of being. ... the furnishings of this room were actually selected with care and love and even hope—and brought to this apartment and arranged with taste and pride. That was a long time ago. ... Weariness has, in fact, won in this room.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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  • In years to come, he would be a giver of bread, not a stealer—proof again of the contradictory human being.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He did not contradict me; perhaps he had fallen into a doze.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • "Never mind what I make it, my friend," observed Mr. Jaggers, with a knowing and contradictory toss of his head.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Why am I always being contradicted?
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • If it be not so, let Mr. Darcy contradict it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Do I contradict myself?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The coachman looked back and the guard looked back, and even the emphatic leader pricked up his ears and looked back, without contradicting.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But that contradiction in the lamp more and more appals him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Your fortune is yet doubtful: when I examined your face, one trait contradicted another.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "My love you contradict every body," said his wife with her usual laugh.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies’ pyramises are very goodly things; without contradiction I have heard that.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • When was the hour I ever contradicted your desire, Or made it not mine too?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • ],—For your claim, fair sister, I bar it in the interest of my wife; ’tis she is subcontracted to this lord, And I, her husband, contradict your bans.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Since what I am to say must be but that Which contradicts my accusation, and The testimony on my part no other But what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot me To say ’Not guilty’: mine integrity, Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, Be so receiv’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • The curate sometimes contradicted him, sometimes agreed with him, for if he had not observed this precaution he would have been unable to bring him to reason.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But excuse me, how do you explain this contradiction?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • True, certain rumours did reach his friends, but these were both strange and rare, and each one contradicted the last.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But there were plenty of contradictions in his imaginative demands.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It would be tedious to repeat his arguments, and my contradictions.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Militiamen and recruits were being enrolled in the villages, and from the seat of war came contradictory news, false as usual and therefore variously interpreted.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Konstantin Levin had no definite and unalterable idea on the subject, and so in their arguments Konstantin was readily convicted of contradicting himself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • BOOK XXVIII The Sleepers 1 I wander all night in my vision, Stepping with light feet, swiftly and noiselessly stepping and stopping, Bending with open eyes over the shut eyes of sleepers, Wandering and confused, lost to myself, ill-assorted, contradictory, Pausing, gazing, bending, and stopping.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • "No," Mr. Badger called out like some one contradicting at a public meeting.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I recall these things that I may be contradicted if I am wrong.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The difficulty was to know where to drop Mr. Browne along the route, and Aunt Kate, Aunt Julia and Mary Jane helped the discussion from the doorstep with cross-directions and contradictions and abundance of laughter.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Emma knew this was too true for contradiction, and therefore said nothing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • She allowed a very small smile to creep for the first time over her serious face in saying this, and the white row of upper teeth, and keenly-cut lips already noticed, suggested an idea of heartlessness, which was immediately contradicted by the pleasant eyes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • You are not to have, in any object of use or ornament, what would be a contradiction in fact.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • So we may disport ourselves on our own plane to the top of our bent; and if any gentleman points out that neither this epistle dedicatory nor the dream of Don Juan in the third act of the ensuing comedy is suitable for immediate production at a popular theatre we need not contradict him.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • A small sigh escaped Fanny here, and she did not know how to contradict him.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I should be sorry to contradict anybody; but I can only say that I’ve heard the French prisoners, who were natives, and ought to know how to speak it, talking in such a dismal manner, that it made one miserable to hear them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The little which she could understand, however, appeared to contradict the very few notions she had entertained on the matter before.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The spirit of contradiction was strong in Mr. Grimwig’s breast, at the moment; and it was rendered stronger by his friend’s confident smile.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He said it, she knew, to be contradicted.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Now, let me just run over the course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Well, never mind that, neighbor Caderousse; it is not worth while to contradict me for such a trifle as that.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In his present agitation he could decide on nothing; he could only alternate between contradictory intentions.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • As for the aged, I always contradict the aged.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
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