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Paradox Definition

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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[n] (logic) a self-contradiction; "I always lie"

Misc. Definitions

\Par`a*dox\, n.; pl. {Paradoxes}. [F. paradoxe, L. paradoxum, fr. Gr. ?; ? beside, beyond, contrary to + ? to think, suppose, imagine. See {Para-}, and {Dogma}.] 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. A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable. --Hooker. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. --Shak. {Hydrostatic paradox}. See under {Hydrostatic}.

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