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Contravene   /kˈɑntrəvˌin/   Listen
Contravene

verb
(past & past part. contravened; pres. part. contravening)
1.
Go against, as of rules and laws.  Synonyms: conflict, infringe, run afoul.  "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
2.
Deny the truth of.  Synonyms: contradict, negate.






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"Contravene" Quotes from Famous Books



... contravention of the wishes of her husband, who had, be it remembered, "dissembled his grief in public." And Ferrante does not impress one as the sort of husband whose wishes his wife would be bold enough to contravene. ...
— The Life of Cesare Borgia • Raphael Sabatini

... the Ambassador could furnish evidence that this or any other company is manufacturing and selling for the use of the contending armies in Europe cartridges whose use would contravene The Hague Conventions, the department would be glad to be furnished with this evidence, and that the President would, in case any American company is shown to be engaged in this traffic, use his influence to prevent so far as possible sales of such ...
— Current History, A Monthly Magazine - The European War, March 1915 • New York Times

... so soon to leave the poor feeble little child, who has grown as dear to my soul as my own—aye and closer, even closer, as I may well say—this time I will do it, even at the risk of Cleopatra's plunging us into ruin, my husband and me, as she has done to so many who have dared to contravene her will." ...
— Uarda • Georg Ebers

... 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 ...
— Don Quixote • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

... occasion to purchase some oats for a pony he found it necessary to keep, the farmer whom he paid for them declared he had not seen the face of a shilling for two years before." One of the individuals who was thus forced by necessity to contravene the statute, was a fish-curer and merchant, who kept a large store in Tobermory, and the form of his notes is at once curious and explanatory. "For want of change I owe you 5s., and for four of these tickets, I will give a one-pound ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844 • Various

... the West Country, and particularly with Mr Renwick and his associates, the Cameronians, who, though grievously scattered and hunted, were yet able to do great things in the way of conveying letters, or of intercepting the emissaries and agents of the Privy Council that might be employed to contravene the ...
— Ringan Gilhaize - or The Covenanters • John Galt

... with shadow of soul o'erspread, Somewhile unto thy sight perchance hath been Ghastly and strange, yet never so is seen In thought, but to all fortunate favour wed; As thy love's death-bound features never dead To memory's glass return, but contravene Frail fugitive days, and always keep, I ween Than all new life ...
— The House of Life • Dante Gabriel Rossetti



Words linked to "Contravene" :   run afoul, breach, offend, infract, violate, go against, differ, contravention, deny, conflict, break, dissent, disagree, transgress, take issue



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