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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
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paradox
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òverstæîa, òversögn
矛盾逆説
paradoxum
paradoksasparadoksaluparadoksalus
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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 ?
That a man can do so and not starve is nowadays not even a paradox.
The few words that Basil's friend had said to him--words spoken by chance, no doubt, and with wilful paradox in them-- had touched some secret chord that had never been touched before, but that he felt was now vibrating and throbbing to curious pulses.
Not the world,' but the 'one wise man,' is still the paradox of Socrates in his last hours.
But notwithstanding the concurring testimony of experience, in this particular, there are still to be found visionary or designing men, who stand ready to advocate the paradox of perpetual peace between the States, though dismembered and alienated from each other.
And he put it to us in this way--marking the points with a lean forefinger--as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it:) and his fecundity.
Here we find Fleury's Paradox of the Bulk-headed Vacuum--which we accept now without thought--literally in full blast.
But, perhaps, the true reason is to be sought in the spirit of the age, which proceeds by the rule of contraries altogether, and is now usually admitted as the solution of every thing in the way of paradox and impossibility.
He despised sentiment, tenderness, and, by the strangeness of the human mind, he went, by way of paradox, to the tenderest, most sublime spot in a book supreme in tenderness and sublimity.
He was in the ordinary way a country clergyman, but he was one of those who achieve the paradox of being famous in an obscure way, because they are famous in an obscure world.
The interior exhibited a paradox often to be marked in such morning hours: that the rooms seemed brighter than the sky outside; even after the Major had turned out the one gaslight in the front hall.
Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
Smallweed's consideration the paradox that the more you drink the thirstier you are and reclines his head upon the window- sill in a state of hopeless languor.