[self-kon-truh-dik-shuh n, self-]


an act or instance of contradicting oneself or itself.
a statement containing contradictory elements.

Origin of self-contradiction

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formsself-con·tra·dict·ing, adjectiveself-con·tra·dic·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-contradiction

Historical Examples of self-contradiction

  • Like other writers on this subject, he is unable to escape from some degree of self-contradiction.



  • Self-contradiction the fools call it, if you will not shut your eyes to half the show.

  • He muttered in self-contradiction, "Or that I've been here a month."


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Whether and in what way can reason free itself from this self-contradiction?

  • To many persons, this will seem absurd to the point of self-contradiction.