contradiction

A contradiction is a situation or ideas in opposition to one another. Declaring publicly that you are an environmentalist but never remembering to take out the recycling is an example of a contradiction.

A "contradiction in terms" is a common phrase used to describe a statement that contains opposing ideas. Examples of a contradiction in terms include, "the gentle torturer," "the towering midget," or "a snowy summer's day." A person can also express a contradiction, like the person who professes atheism, yet goes to church every Sunday.

Definitions of contradiction
  1. noun
    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
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    dialectic
    a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
    type of:
    oppositeness, opposition
    the relation between opposed entities
  2. noun
    the speech act of contradicting someone
    “he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction
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    self-contradiction
    contradicting yourself
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    negation
    the speech act of negating
  3. noun
    (logic) a statement that is necessarily false
    “the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction
    synonyms: contradiction in terms
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    antinomy
    a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
    paradox
    (logic) a statement that contradicts itself
    type of:
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
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