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paradox

Definition:

a statement that contradicts itself

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

paradoxical

Plural:

paradoxes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"I always lie" is a paradox because if it's true it must be false

Etymology:

Latin paradoxum "paradox, statement seemingly absurd yet really true", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Paradox

an argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking. However, some have revealed errors in definitions... (36 of 2043 words)

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Paradox (disambiguation)

a self-contradictory or counter-intuitive statement or argument. Paradox may also refer to: Paradox (database), a relational-database-management system | Paradox (warez), a software-cracking warez/demogroup | Paradox (theorem prover), an automated ... (27 of 397 words, 32 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

paradox [literature]

apparently self-contradictory statement, the underlying meaning of which is revealed only by careful scrutiny. The purpose of a paradox is to arrest ... (22 of 157 words, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

paradox

[archaic] a statement contrary to common belief | a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact (Ex.: ... (23 of 76 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxical [adjective, derived]

a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true | a self-contradictory proposition, such as "I always tell lies" | a person ... (23 of 442 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/paradox

Merriam-Webster:

paradox | dichotomy [synonym, sense-specific] | incongruity [synonym, sense-specific] | contradiction [synonym, sense-specific] | antinomy [similar, sense-specific] | conundrum [similar, sense-specific] | enigma [similar, sense-specific] | mystery [similar, sense-specific] | mystification [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a tenet contrary to received opinion | a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true ; a ... (24 of 341 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/paradox

Wiktionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural] | shocker [informal, synonym, sense-specific] | juxtaposition [synonym, sense-specific] | contradiction [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | quandary [synonym, sense-specific] | riddle [synonym, sense-specific] | enigma [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it's false, and vice versa. transl. usage | A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome. usage syn. | A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true. transl. | A person or thing having ... (38 of 337 words, 9 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

paradox

a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true | a statement or proposition ... (23 of 157 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/paradox

American Heritage Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxical [adjective, related] | paradoxically [adverb, related] | paradoxicalness [noun, related]

A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true | One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects | An assertion that is ... (19 of 101 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/paradox

Macmillan British Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

[countable] a person, thing, or situation that is strange because they have features or qualities that do not normally exist together | ... (21 of 85 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/paradox

Cambridge Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxical [adjective, derived] | paradoxically [adverb, derived]

a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics (20 of 70 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/paradox

Columbia Encyclopedia:

paradox

statement that appears self-contradictory but actually has a basis in truth, e.g., Oscar Wilde's "Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it and the ... (24 of 51 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

paradox

a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. | a self-contradictory and false ... (20 of 49 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/paradox

Encarta Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true | a statement or proposition that ... (25 of 85 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723654​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

paradox

First use: 1530s

Origin: Latin paradoxum "paradox, statement seemingly absurd yet really true", from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of adjective paradoxos ... (18 of 34 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=paradox

Oxford Dictionary:

paradox

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (originally denoting a statement contrary to accepted opinion): via late Latin from Greek paradoxon "contrary (opinion)", neuter adjective used ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/paradox

American Heritage Dictionary:

paradox

Origin: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter singular of paradoxos, conflicting with expectation: para-, ... (14 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/paradox

New World Dictionary:

paradox

Origin: Latin paradoxum from Greek paradoxon, neuter of paradoxos, paradoxical from para- (see "para-") + doxa, opinion from dokein, to think: see "decent"

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Merriam-Webster:

paradox

First use: 1540

Origin: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/paradox

Collins Dictionary:

paradox

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxos opposed to existing notions, from para-1 + doxa opinion

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/paradox

Wiktionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

Origin: Middle French paradoxe from Latin paradoxum, from Ancient Greek παράδοξος (paradoxos, "unexpected, strange").

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Encarta Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin paradoxum from Greek paradoxos "contrary to opinion" from doxa "opinion" from dokein "think"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723654​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Wiktionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

paradox

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "paradox"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "paradox"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

paradox

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the Free Dictionary:

paradox

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Google Dictionary:

paradox | paradoxes [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

paradox

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YourDictionary Audio:

paradox

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