June 13th, 2007

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Two Interesting Quotations - Contravene



I, for one, thought God sent us fire to combat the cold. I did not think he meant us to freeze to death inside our dwellings. Or did I understand it wrong?

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
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0395938880/ref=nosim/lexico>

Anorexics, for example, clearly contravene our evolutionary dictate to eat.
-- Jerry A. Coyne, "Of Vice and Men", The New Republic, April 3, 2000
<http://www.thenewrepublic.com/>
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