|Origin:||paradoxum, from Greek, from paradoxis 'opposite to what is expected'|
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.
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.
the use of statements that are a paradox in writing or speech