[n] (logic) a self-contradiction; "I always lie"
Seemingly absurd statement which, on closer examination, reveals an important truth e.g. Wordsworth's ' The child is father of the man'.
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contradiction, contradiction in terms
absurdity, ambiguity, ambivalence, antinomy, asymmetry, contradiction, crux, dilemma, disproportion, disproportionateness, enigma, equivocality, equivocation, Gordian knot, heresy, heterodoxy, heterogeneity, hopelessness, impossibility, impossible, imposs