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

n opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
Type of:
oppositeness, opposition
the relation between opposed entities

n the speech act of contradicting someone

“he spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction
contradicting yourself
Type of:
the speech act of negating

n (logic) a statement that is necessarily false

“the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction
contradiction in terms
a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
(logic) a statement that contradicts itself
Type of:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement

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