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 for contravene
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contravene \Con`tra*vene"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contravened;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Contravening.] [LL. contravenire; L. contra
     + venire to come: cf. F. contrevenir. See Come.]
     1. To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict
        with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation
        of; to defeat.
        [1913 Webster]
              So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be
              contravened.                          --Southey.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to
        contravene a law.
        [1913 Webster]
              Laws that place the subjects in such a state
              contravene the first principles of the compact of
              authority.                            --Johnson.
     Syn: To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross;
          obstruct; baffle; thwart.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afoul of the
           law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules" [syn:
           conflict, run afoul, infringe, contravene]
      2: deny the truth of [syn: contradict, negate, contravene]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "contravene":
     abjure, breach, break, combat, contradict, cross, disaffirm,
     disclaim, disown, encroach, exclude, fight, gainsay, impugn,
     infract, infringe, intrude, negate, negative, offend, oppose,
     overstep, reject, repudiate, resist, spurn, transgress, traverse,

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