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This heretical suggestion had been squelched because, as one of Cleburne’s fellow officers said, "its propositions contravene the principles on which we fight."
James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  go against, as of rules and laws; or deny the truth of
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Synonym Comparison:  "Contravene" is more formal than "contradict". Relative to "controvert", "contravene" is typically used when pointing to a conflict in ideas, principles or opinions; whereas "controvert" is used to point to conflicting evidence or facts.
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  • This heretical suggestion had been squelched because, as one of Cleburne’s fellow officers said, "its propositions contravene the principles on which we fight."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • You think you could get me to contravene proper authority because I expressed some little affection?’
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But not contravene its definition to imply the very opposite.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • For one thing, the mayor had no authority to single-handedly contravene the city council’s vote to let the Fugees use the field for six months—a vote, after all, he himself had insisted on when others had wondered if a less formal arrangement might have sufficed.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Let no one, god or goddess, contravene my present edict; all assent to it that I may get this business done, and quickly.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Already, however, the legal tongues are wagging, and one young law student is loudly asserting that the rights of the owner are already completely sacrificed, his property being held in contravention of the statues of mortmain, since the tiller, as emblemship, if not proof, of delegated possession, is held in a dead hand.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • To the last?’ asked Louisa contravening the great principle, and wondering very much.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I am sure you cannot long be content to pass your leisure in solitude, and to devote your working hours to a monotonous labour wholly void of stimulus: any more than I can be content," he added, with emphasis, "to live here buried in morass, pent in with mountains — my nature, that God gave me, contravened; my faculties, heaven-bestowed, paralysed — made useless.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • If I tried to send you through on my own, it would be in direct contravention of the Law, and I’m not willing to risk that for you, biscuit, no matter how much I might like you personally.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Unless he was ordered to say what he did by an authority powerful enough to contravene the laws.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity

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  • She knew that it was all sentiment, all baseless impressibility, which had caused her to read the scene as her own condemnation; nevertheless she could not get over it; she could not contravene in her own defenceless person all those untoward omens.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • At last Doctor Pedro Recio Agilers of Tirteafuera promised to let him have supper that night though it might be in contravention of all the aphorisms of Hippocrates.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It would have been to contravene these arrangements if Rosamond had consented to go away to Stone Court or elsewhere, as her parents wished her to do, especially since Mr. Lydgate thought the precaution needless.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …of view; thirdly, that evidence should be required from the rival department of the measures that had been taken during the last ten years by that department for averting the disastrous conditions in which the native tribes were now placed; and fourthly and finally, that that department explain why it had, as appeared from the evidence before the committee, from No. 17,015 and 18,038, from December 5, 1863, and June 7, 1864, acted in direct contravention of the intent of the law T….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Nature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "I do not contravene that assertion," was his quiet answer.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Perhaps they didn’t contravene any regulations.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • This is the more necessary where the frame of the government is so compounded that the laws of the whole are in danger of being contravened by the laws of the parts.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 13 If the Executive misbehaves by perverting the instructions or contravening the views of the Senate, the Senate will want to punish the abuser and defend their authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • From her elevated seat she looked upon the people calmly, pleasantly, and apparently so intent upon studying them as to be unconscious of the interest she herself was exciting; and, what was unusual—nay, in violent contravention of the custom among women of rank in public—she looked at them with an open face.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • …consisted in the narration of the case and the enforcement of Mr. Tulliver’s views concerning it throughout the entire circle of his connections would necessarily take time; and at the beginning of February, when Tom was going to school again, there were scarcely any new items to be detected in his father’s statement of the case against Pivart, or any more specific indication of the measures he was bent on taking against that rash contravener of the principle that water was water.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • ) "All his actions are in contravention of common sense and logic," he continued.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • …of reform or retrenchment being a preliminary solution to be contained by fluxion in the final solution), the upholding of the letter of the law (common, statute and law merchant) against all traversers in covin and trespassers acting in contravention of bylaws and regulations, all resuscitators (by trespass and petty larceny of kindlings) of venville rights, obsolete by desuetude, all orotund instigators of international persecution, all perpetuators of international animosities,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now, to address the heart of this issue, how do you defend yourself against anonymous enemies who can contravene any physical precautions and slay with a muttered word?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This power must either be a direct negative on the State laws, or an authority in the federal courts to overrule such as might be in manifest contravention of the articles of Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • There is, doubtless, a striking absurdity in supposing that a right of this kind does not exist, but we are reduced to the dilemma either of embracing that supposition, preposterous as it may seem, or of contravening or explaining away a provision, which has been of late a repeated theme of the eulogies of those who oppose the new Constitution; and the want of which, in that plan, has been the subject of much plausible animadversion, and severe criticism.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • So far as might concern the misbehavior of the Executive in perverting the instructions or contravening the views of the Senate, we need not be apprehensive of the want of a disposition in that body to punish the abuse of their confidence or to vindicate their own authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …they no doubt had me enchanted; for I swear to thee by the faith of what I am that if I had been able to climb up or dismount, I would have avenged thee in such a way that those braggart thieves would have remembered their freak for ever, even though in so doing I knew that I contravened the laws of chivalry, which, as I have often told thee, do not permit a knight to lay hands on him who is not one, save in case of urgent and great necessity in defence of his own life and person.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …a mistake all this time," answered Don Quixote, "for in truth I thought it was a castle, and not a bad one; but since it appears that it is not a castle but an inn, all that can be done now is that you should excuse the payment, for I cannot contravene the rule of knights-errant, of whom I know as a fact (and up to the present I have read nothing to the contrary) that they never paid for lodging or anything else in the inn where they might be; for any hospitality that might be offered…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They teach us that the prior act of a superior ought to be preferred to the subsequent act of an inferior and subordinate authority; and that accordingly, whenever a particular statute contravenes the Constitution, it will be the duty of the judicial tribunals to adhere to the latter and disregard the former.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Then, Don Quixote being vanquished, the bachelor knight was to command him to return to his village and his house, and not quit it for two years, or until he received further orders from him; all which it was clear Don Quixote would unhesitatingly obey, rather than contravene or fail to observe the laws of chivalry; and during the period of his seclusion he might perhaps forget his folly, or there might be an opportunity of discovering some ready remedy for his madness.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …superintendent, that he might have free authority to pursue all comparative investigations which his studies, particularly in Paris, had shown him the importance of, the other medical visitors having a consultative influence, but no power to contravene Lydgate’s ultimate decisions; and the general management was to be lodged exclusively in the hands of five directors associated with Mr. Bulstrode, who were to have votes in the ratio of their contributions, the Board itself filling up…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The defendant contravened the direct order from the judge and yelled out madly in court.
  • Nature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
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