A Word A Day : Paradox

Word of 21st June 2007: A Word A Day-Paradox


( Noun )

Paradox (PAR uh DOCKS): a true statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems to contradict itself, an untrue statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems logical

• Mr. Cooper is a political paradox. He is a staunch Republican who votes only for Democrats.

• One of Reno’s paradoxes seems to prove the impossibility of an arrow's ever reaching its target. If the arrow first moves half the distance to the target, then half the remaining distance, then half the remaining distance, and so on, it can never arrive.

• A paradox is paradoxical.

• Hubert’s dislike of ice cream was paradoxical, considering that he worked as an ice cream taster.

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