Friday, August 20, 2010

Today's Word "contravene"

Contravene \kon-truh-VEEN\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To act or be counter to; to violate. 2 : To oppose in argument; to contradict.

"In 1620 most people considered the likelihood of reversing the seasons inside a building impossible, and many deemed it sacrilege, an attempt to contravene the natural order, to twist the configuration of the world established by God." -- Tom Shachtman, 'Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold'

Contravene comes from Late Latin contravenire , "to oppose," from Latin contra- , "against" + venire , "to come."