|1.||a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true: religious truths are often expressed in paradox|
|2.||a self-contradictory proposition, such as I always tell lies|
|3.||a person or thing exhibiting apparently contradictory characteristics|
|4.||an opinion that conflicts with common belief|
|[C16: from Late Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxos opposed to existing notions, from |
paradox par·a·dox (pār'ə-dŏks')
That which is apparently, though not actually, inconsistent with or opposed to the known facts in any case.
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.