Origin of contradiction
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This may seem like a contradiction, if “conservative” means political conservatism.
Indeed, the very idea of a same-sex marriage seemed to most people a contradiction in terms.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist|Jonathan Rauch|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For those who knew him best, he remained a study in contradiction.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries|James A. Warren|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But beneath this oddball kumbaya story lies a contradiction.
This remains a contradiction until and unless the Afghan Taliban are pushed toward talks.‘Homework to Do’: The Afghanistan-Pakistan Peace Talk Tipping Point|Shamila N. Chaudhary, Omar Samad|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For a man to call himself a Christian Evolutionist is (we have been told by high Orthodox authority) a contradiction in terms.The Arena|Various
Some things are opposed to others relatively, others privatively, and others by contradiction.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
The contradiction between what is prophesied and what happens is at times so marked as to be comical.
The very same person may be guilty of this contradiction, when varying circumstances render it convenient.The Task of Social Hygiene|Havelock Ellis
Personality without place, or form, or substance, or limitation is a contradiction of terms.The Last Harvest|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for contradiction
Word Origin and History for contradiction
late 14c., from Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) "a reply, objection, counterargument," noun of action from past participle stem of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere "to speak against," from contra "against" (see contra) + dicere "to speak" (see diction).