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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: paradoxum, from Greek, from paradoxis 'opposite to what is expected'

paradox

noun
     
par‧a‧dox
1 [countable] a situation that seems strange because it involves two ideas or qualities that are very different:
It's a paradox that in such a rich country there can be so much poverty.
2 [countable] a statement that seems impossible because it contains two opposing ideas that are both true:
The paradox is that fishermen would catch more fish if they fished less.
3 [uncountable] the use of statements that are a paradox in writing or speech
paradoxical adjective

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