Definitions for paradox
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paradox.
(logic) a statement that contradicts itself
"`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false"
A self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
"This sentence is false" is a paradox.
A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.
A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.
A person or thing having contradictory properties.
He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.
An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
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.
Etymology: From paradoxe < paradoxum, from παράδοξος.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A tenet contrary to received opinion; an assertion contrary to appearance; a position in appearance absurd.
Etymology: paradoxe, Fr. παϱάδοξος.
A glosse there is to colour that paradox, and make it appear in shew not to be altogether unreasonable. Richard Hooker.
You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair. William Shakespeare.
In their love of God, men can never be too affectionate; it is as true, though it may seem a paradox, that in their hatred of sin, men may be sometimes too passionate. Thomas Sprat.
a tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact
Etymology: [F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. para`doxon; para` beside, beyond, contrary to + dokei^n to think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma.]
A paradox is 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 assumed to be rigorous, and have caused axioms of mathematics and logic to be re-examined. Still others, such as Curry's paradox, are not yet resolved. In common usage, the word "paradox" often refers to irony or contradiction. Examples outside logic include the Grandfather paradox from physics, and the Ship of Theseus from philosophy. Paradoxes can also take the form of images or other media. For example, M.C. Escher featured perspective-based paradoxes in many of his drawings.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
par′a-doks, n. that which is contrary to received opinion, or that which is apparently absurd but really true.—n. Par′adoxer.—adjs. Paradox′ic, -al, of the nature of a paradox: inclined to paradoxes, said of persons.—adv. Paradox′ically.—ns. Paradox′icalness; Paradox′ides, a genus of trilobites; Par′adoxist; Par′adoxy, the quality of being paradoxical.—Hydrostatic paradox (see Hydrostatics). [Through Fr. and L., from Gr. paradoxon—para, contrary to, doxa, an opinion.]
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The numerical value of paradox in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of paradox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
We can no longer accept this paradox that those who have the most potential for solar energy have only a small share of solar electricity.
The strange paradox is you actually have to use your mind to shut your mind up.
For the first time in history, the rational and the good are fully armed in the battle against evil. Here we finally find the answer to our paradox; now we can understand the nature of the social power held by evil. Ultimately, the evil, the irrational, truly has no power. The evil men’s control of morality is transient; it lives on borrowed time made possible only by the errors of the good. In time, as more honest men grasp the truth, evil’s stranglehold will be easily broken.
Real men aren't afraid of childish accusations. (Quite the paradox eh?)
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
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- paradoxaCatalan, Valencian
- Paradox, ParadoxonGerman
- αντίφαση, παράδοξο, παραδοξολογίαGreek
- kummajainen, paradoksiFinnish
- antinomie, paradoxeFrench
- frith-chosamhlachd, paradacsScottish Gaelic
- असत्याभास, विरोधाभासHindi
- պարադոքս, հարակարծությունArmenian
- 矛盾, 逆説, パラドックスJapanese
- 역설, 자가당착, 逆説, 모순Korean
- paradoxon,, paradoxumLatin
- paradox, tegenspraakDutch
- парадокс, paradoksSerbo-Croatian
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