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English verb: contravene

1. contravene (social) go against, as of rules and laws


SamplesHe ran afoul of the law.
This behavior conflicts with our rules.


Synonymsconflict, infringe, run afoul


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate

2. contravene (communication) deny the truth of


Synonymscontradict, negate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)differ, disagree, dissent, take issue


Narrower (hyponym)deny









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