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contradiction in terms

A phrase or expression that causes confusion because it contains words or ideas that contradict each other; an oxymoron. Jumbo shrimp is such a contradiction in terms.
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contradiction in terms

a statement containing a seeming contradiction. A wealthy pauper is a contradiction in terms. A straight-talking politician may seem to be a contradiction in terms.
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a contradiction in terms

a phrase that is confusing because it contains words that seem to have opposite meanings A British summer is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Euro Disney always seems to me a contradiction in terms because Disney is so typically American.
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contradiction in terms

A statement that seems to contradict itself, with one part of it denying another. For example, I've always believed that "a poor millionaire" was a contradiction in terms. [Late 1700s]
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References in classic literature ?
Speak," I continued, impatiently; "I never like the appearance of acquiescence when the reality is not there; and you had a contradiction at your tongue's end.
The story, on this occasion, being Miss Lavinia's story, the polite contradictions necessary to its successful progress were naturally transferred from the sister to the brother, and became contradictions on Sir Joseph's side.
When the supercilious and vapid point out faults, they ever run into contradictions and folly; it is only under the lash of the discerning and the experienced, that we betray by our writhings the power of the blow we receive.
This, it is true, he never affirmed, as I have heard, to any one; and yet upon the least attention to his conduct, I cannot help thinking it was his real opinion, as it will perfectly reconcile some contradictions which might otherwise appear in his character.
I Sergey Ivanovitch's eyes his younger brother was a capital fellow, with his heart in the right place (as he expressed it in French), but with a mind which, though fairly quick, was too much influenced by the impressions of the moment, and consequently filled with contradictions.
The truth is the truth; and neither childish absurdities, nor unscrupulous contradictions, can make it otherwise.
People don't so much live in the contradiction between competing worldviews.
But this causes the attempt to achieve such a suppression of contradiction to become its opposite because such an attempt necessitates the use of force.
Teaching through contradiction or the pairing of opposites was a characteristic deeply embedded in medieval thought articulated in the techniques of questio and disputatio in the schools as well as analogous approaches in literature.
This contradiction explains some of the suffering Native Americans have experienced since white people came to this continent.
Some Environmentalists See Eco-Credit Cards As a Contradiction in Terms, But They Make Money
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The PkSF students cannot see the contradiction in reviving the conservative Pakhtun culture based on machoism and segregation of sexes, and their liberal leanings which are founded on equality, liberty and free mixing of both sexes.
They blamed each other and bamboozled viewers with contradiction after contradiction on how to fix the recession.
This is inspired by Starburst's inherent product contradiction - it's solid, yet juicy like a liquid.