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paradox

par·a·dox

paradox

 
pronunciation:
pae r daks
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a statement that contradicts or seems to contradict itself, yet often expresses a truth, such as "Less is more".
It may be a paradox, but I believe that sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
similar words:
absurdity, antilogy, contradiction, conundrum, enigma, inconsistency, oxymoron, puzzle, riddle
definition 2: a person, thing, or situation that exhibits contrasting or contradictory qualities.
the paradox of the wise fool
synonyms:
enigma
similar words:
absurdity, ambivalence, anomaly, contradiction, conundrum, incongruity, inconsistency, problem, puzzlement, riddle
definition 3: an assertion that contradicts itself, yet follows from logical reasoning.
similar words:
antilogy, contradiction, enigma, inconsistency
derivations: paradoxical (adj.), paradoxically (adv.)