Origin of paradox
Examples from the Web for paradox
To appreciate the Palmer paradox, it's important to understand that Palmer's childhood and young adulthood were dichotomous.
But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy.
As a result of this paradox, the Iraq policy process ground to a halt at the very moment that ISIS was on the rise.
The result has been a bit of a paradox: a majority that is decidedly radical in its aims but a bit gradualist in its methods.Only Eight Years of President Hillary Can Take the Supreme Court Away From Conservatives|Michael Tomasky|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Read more from The Daily Beast on Flight 370: The Flight 370 Paradox: How Do You Mourn a Missing Person?Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May Have Been Flown Into the World's Biggest Void|Clive Irving|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wordsworth, until he began the Ecclesiastical Sonnets, was betrayed by his "penchant for paradox."
He permitted himself neither pose nor paradox—he was in deadly earnest.The Socialist|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
This is not a paradox, but a common-sense question, as the following suggestive little incident will show.A Librarian's Open Shelf|Arthur E. Bostwick
If we are to subscribe to his curious philosophy, to be discussed later, we must believe that there is no paradox in this.Arthur Machen|Vincent Starrett
There is, moreover, a paradox in the idea of vitiated bodies reforming themselves.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II|Thomas Paine
British Dictionary definitions for paradox
Word Origin for paradox
Word Origin and History for paradox
1530s, "statement contrary to common belief or expectation," from Middle French paradoxe (14c.) and directly from Latin paradoxum "paradox, statement seemingly absurd yet really true," from Greek paradoxon, noun use of neuter of adjective paradoxos "contrary to expectation, incredible," from para- "contrary to" (see para- (1)) + doxa "opinion," from dokein "to appear, seem, think" (see decent). Meaning "statement that is seemingly self-contradictory yet not illogical or obviously untrue" is from 1560s.
Medicine definitions for paradox
Culture definitions for paradox
A statement that seems contradictory or absurd but is actually valid or true. According to one proverbial paradox, we must sometimes be cruel in order to be kind. Another form of paradox is a statement that truly is contradictory and yet follows logically from other statements that do not seem open to objection. If someone says, “I am lying,” for example, and we assume that his statement is true, it must be false. The paradox is that the statement “I am lying” is false if it is true.