contradiction in terms

A statement that seems to contradict itself, with one part of it denying another. For example, I've always believed that “a poor millionaire” was a contradiction in terms. [Late 1700s]


Nearby words

  1. contracture,
  2. contracyclical,
  3. contradance,
  4. contradict,
  5. contradiction,
  6. contradictious,
  7. contradictive,
  8. contradictory,
  9. contradistinction,
  10. contradistinguish

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