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par·a·dox

 (păr′ə-dŏks′)
n.
1. A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
2. A person, thing, or situation that exhibits inexplicable or contradictory aspects: "The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears" (Mary Shelley).
3. A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.

[Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter sing. of paradoxos, conflicting with expectation : para-, beyond; see para-1 + doxa, opinion (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots).]

par′a·dox′i·cal adj.
par′a·dox′i·cal·ly adv.
par′a·dox′i·cal·ness n.

paradox

(ˈpærəˌdɒks)
n
1. a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true: religious truths are often expressed in paradox.
2. (Logic) a self-contradictory proposition, such as I always tell lies
3. a person or thing exhibiting apparently contradictory characteristics
4. an opinion that conflicts with common belief. Also called (rare): paradoxy
[C16: from Late Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxos opposed to existing notions, from para-1 + doxa opinion]
ˌparaˈdoxical adj
ˌparaˈdoxically adv

par•a•dox

(ˈpær əˌdɒks)

n.
1. a seemingly contradictory or absurd statement that expresses a possible truth.
2. a self-contradictory and false proposition.
3. a person, thing, or situation, exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.
[1530–40; < Latin paradoxum < Greek parádoxon, n. use of neuter of parádoxos unbelievable, literally, beyond belief. See para-1, orthodox]
par`a•dox′i•cal, adj.
par`a•dox′i•cal•ly, adv.
par`a•dox′i•cal•ness, par`a•dox`i•cal′i•ty, n.

paradox

A statement which seems to contradict itself or lead to absurdity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paradox - (logic) a statement that contradicts itselfparadox - (logic) a statement that contradicts itself; "`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
contradiction in terms, contradiction - (logic) a statement that is necessarily false; "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction"

paradox

noun contradiction, mystery, puzzle, ambiguity, anomaly, inconsistency, enigma, oddity, absurdity Death is a paradox, the end yet the beginning.
Translations
تَناقُض
paradox
paradoks
paradokso
paradoksi
paradoks
paradoxon
paradoks
òverstæîa, òversögn
矛盾逆説
paradoxum
paradoksasparadoksaluparadoksalus
paradokss
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ปฏิทรรศน์
парадокс

paradox

[ˈpærədɒks] Nparadoja f

paradox

[ˈpærədɒks] nparadoxe m

paradox

nParadox nt, → Paradoxon nt (liter); life/he is full of paradoxesdas Leben/er steckt voller Widersprüche

paradox

[ˈpærəˌdɒks] nparadosso

paradox

(ˈpӕrədoks) noun
a statement etc that seems to contradict itself but which is nevertheless true. If your birthday is on February 29 you could state the paradox that you are thirteen years old although you have only had three birthdays.
ˌparaˈdoxical adjective
ˌparaˈdoxically adverb
References in classic literature ?
Though it is not they that are in fault, but the simpletons that extol them, and the fools that believe in them; and had I been the faithful duenna I should have been, his stale conceits would have never moved me, nor should I have been taken in by such phrases as 'in death I live,' 'in ice I burn,' 'in flames I shiver,' 'hopeless I hope,' 'I go and stay,' and paradoxes of that sort which their writings are full of.
There are not wanting, it is true, some promulgators of paradoxes who maintain that there is no necessary connection between geometrical and moral Irregularity.
It is the universal language of Mars, through the medium of which the higher and lower animals of this world of paradoxes are able to communicate to a greater or less extent, depending upon the intellectual sphere of the species and the development of the individual.
Do not say that, Debray," returned Beauchamp, laughing, "for here is Chateau-Renaud, who, to cure you of your mania for paradoxes, will pass the sword of Renaud de Montauban, his ancestor, through your body.
I had announced you beforehand to my friends as an enchanter of the `Arabian Nights,' a wizard of the Middle Ages; but the Parisians are so subtle in paradoxes that they mistake for caprices of the imagination the most incontestable truths, when these truths do not form a part of their daily existence.
Their moral eccentricities, like their oddities of dress, their wild theories and paradoxes, were an entertainment which amused her, but had not the slightest influence on her convictions.
unfortunate paradoxes had entirely dried up that source of
And with this representation of him the ideal State and the other paradoxes of the Republic are quite in accordance, though they can not be shown to have been speculations of Socrates.
Though your views are in straight antagonism to theirs, assume an identity of sentiment, assume that you are saying precisely that which all think, and in the flow of wit and love roll out your paradoxes in solid column, with not the infirmity of a doubt.
Of course I made it clever and brilliant and all that, with my little unanswerable slings at the state and my social paradoxes, and withal made it concrete enough to dissatisfy the average citizen.
And the paradoxes in which Raffles revelled, and the frivolous casuistry which was nevertheless half sincere, and which his mere personality rendered wholly plausible at the moment of utterance, appealed very little to me when recalled in cold blood.
It is evidently the theory of some arm-chair lounger who evolves all these neat little paradoxes in the seclusion of his own study.