paradox
noun Etymology: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem — more at decent Date: 1540 1. a tenet contrary to received opinion 2. a. a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true b. a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true c. an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises 3. one (as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases

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Synonyms:
(as appears at first sight, yet not so in fact),


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