toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

contradict
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
  • But that contradiction in the lamp more and more appals him.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (66% in)
  • So that no white sailor seriously contradicted him when he said that if ever Captain Ahab should be tranquilly laid out—which might hardly come to pass, so he muttered—then, whoever should do that last office for the dead, would find a birth-mark on him from crown to sole.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (29% in)
  • And thinks I to myself all the while, mind, while I was stubbing my silly toes against that cursed pyramid—so confoundedly contradictory was it all, all the while, I say, I was thinking to myself, 'what's his leg now, but a cane—a whalebone cane.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (3% in)
  • ...as the secrets of the currents in the seas have never yet been divulged, even to the most erudite research; so the hidden ways of the Sperm Whale when beneath the surface remain, in great part, unaccountable to his pursuers; and from time to time have originated the most curious and contradictory speculations regarding them, especially concerning the mystic modes whereby, after sounding to a great depth, he transports himself with such vast swiftness to the most widely distant points.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (34% in)
  • However curious it may seem for an oil-ship to be borrowing oil on the whale-ground, and however much it may invertedly contradict the old proverb about carrying coals to Newcastle, yet sometimes such a thing really happens; and in the present case Captain Derick De Deer did indubitably conduct a lamp-feeder as Flask did declare.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (34% in)
  • But, by the best contradictory authorities, this Grecian story of Hercules and the whale is considered to be derived from the still more ancient Hebrew story of Jonah and the whale; and vice versa; certainly they are very similar.
    Chapters 82-84 — The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (31% in)

There are no more uses of "contradict" in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®