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Synonyms for paradox
ˈpær əˌdɒkspara·dox

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  1. paradoxnoun

    reverse psychology, koan, riddle, enigma, quandary, contradiction, shocker, puzzle, juxtaposition

  2. paradoxnoun

    A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.

    This sentence is false is a paradox.

    shocker, koan, puzzle, enigma, riddle, contradiction, quandary, juxtaposition, reverse psychology

  3. paradoxnoun

    A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.

    It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.

    reverse psychology, contradiction, riddle, enigma, quandary, koan, shocker, juxtaposition, puzzle

  4. paradoxnoun

    A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.

    Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.

    juxtaposition, shocker, riddle, puzzle, quandary, enigma, koan, reverse psychology, contradiction

  5. paradoxnoun

    A person or thing having contradictory properties.

    He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.

    enigma, riddle, juxtaposition, reverse psychology, koan, contradiction, shocker, puzzle, quandary

  6. paradoxnoun

    An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.

    quandary, puzzle, riddle, koan, enigma, juxtaposition, contradiction, shocker, reverse psychology

  7. paradoxnoun

    A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.

    reverse psychology, contradiction, quandary, riddle, enigma, puzzle, koan, juxtaposition, shocker

  8. paradoxnoun

    The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.

    enigma, juxtaposition, shocker, quandary, riddle, puzzle, contradiction, koan, reverse psychology

  9. paradoxnoun

    A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.

    reverse psychology, quandary, shocker, contradiction, enigma, juxtaposition, koan, riddle, puzzle

  10. paradoxnoun

    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.

    riddle, reverse psychology, contradiction, quandary, juxtaposition, koan, shocker, enigma, puzzle

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. paradoxnoun

    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.

    conundrum, enigma, problem, puzzle, riddle

    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. paradox

    contradiction, enigma, mystery, absurdity, ambiguity

    precept, proposition, axiom, truism, postulate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradoxnoun

    (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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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. paradoxnoun

    absurdity (as appears at first sight, yet not so in fact), seeming contradiction

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "paradox":

    contradiction, paradoxical, irony, oxymoron


  1. List of known nicknames for "Paradox":

    พาราด็อกซ์, Dev Pandya

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How to use paradox in a sentence?

  1. Richard Whitman:

    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.

  2. Marlene Dietrich:

    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.

  3. Thomas Wolfe:

    Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.

  4. Jack London:

    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.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The paradox is not a faceted, symbolic aphorism of the subconscious.

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