A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
This sentence is false is a paradox.
A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.
A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.
A person or thing having contradictory properties.
He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.
An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Conundrum, a word of unknown origin, signifies some question or statement in which some hidden and fanciful resemblance is involved, the answer often depending upon a pun; an enigma is a dark saying; a paradox is a true statement that at first appears absurd or contradictory; a problem is something thrown out for solution; puzzle (from oppose) referred originally to the intricate arguments by which disputants opposed each other in the old philosophic schools. The riddle is an ambiguous or paradoxical statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed by the mental acuteness of the one to whom it is proposed; the riddle is not so petty as the conundrum, and may require much acuteness for its answer; a problem may require simply study and scholarship, as a problem in mathematics; a puzzle may be in something other than verbal statement, as a dissected map or any perplexing mechanical contrivance. Both enigma and puzzle may be applied to any matter difficult of answer or solution, enigma conveying an idea of greater dignity, puzzle applying to something more commonplace and mechanical; there are many dark enigmas in human life and in the course of providence; the location of a missing object is often a puzzle.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
(logic) a statement that contradicts itself
"`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
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How to use paradox in a sentence?
It's the modern nationalist paradox, on the one hand you have a desire for more autonomy, but to do that through a supranational container.
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
The paradox is not a faceted, symbolic aphorism of the subconscious.
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- paradoxaCatalan, Valencian
- Paradoxon, ParadoxGerman
- παραδοξολογία, αντίφαση, παράδοξοGreek
- paradoksi, kummajainenFinnish
- antinomie, paradoxeFrench
- paradacs, frith-chosamhlachdScottish Gaelic
- असत्याभास, विरोधाभासHindi
- հարակարծություն, պարադոքսArmenian
- パラドックス, 矛盾, 逆説Japanese
- 역설, 逆説, 자가당착, 모순Korean
- paradoxum, paradoxon,Latin
- paradox, tegenspraakDutch
- парадокс, paradoksSerbo-Croatian
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