"Contra-" usually means "against," and to contradict is to go against or say the opposite of what someone else is doing or saying. Sometimes to contradict is to frustrate with words, like when one person says "The sky is blue" and another says "No, it's azure."

Denying or distorting the truth is a big part of trying to contradict. It can be harmless verbal back-and-forth, like when a husband and wife disagree just to disagree, or contradict each other to make a humorous point, but at other times people contradict something to make another person look like a liar. Often, a person who has lied will later contradict himself by saying something different from what he said earlier — and sometimes the two sides contradict each other, and neither is actually right.

Definitions of contradict
  1. verb
    prove negative; show to be false
    synonyms: negate
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    affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
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    invalidate, nullify
    show to be invalid
    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
    show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
    controvert, rebut, refute
    prove to be false or incorrect
    prove false
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    demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
  2. verb
    deny the truth of
    synonyms: contravene, negate
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    declare untrue; contradict
    make a disclaimer about
    reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
    refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
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    differ, disagree, dissent, take issue
    be of different opinions
  3. verb
    be in contradiction with
    synonyms: belie, negate
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    depart, deviate, diverge, vary
    be at variance with; be out of line with
  4. verb
    be resistant to
    synonyms: controvert, oppose
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    blackball, negative, veto
    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
    dissent, protest, resist
    express opposition through action or words
    strike, walk out
    stop work in order to press demands
    defeat, kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
    thwart the passage of
    demonstrate, march
    march in protest; take part in a demonstration
    arise, rebel, rise, rise up
    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    rebel, renegade
    break with established customs
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    confound, rebut, refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
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