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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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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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contradiction in terms

a statement or group of words associating objects or ideas which are incompatible.
1994 Toronto Life Veggie burger?— a contradiction in terms I had no wish to argue with: vegetables are fine and necessary, but in their place.
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a contraˌdiction in ˈterms

a statement or description containing two words or phrases that contradict each other’s meaning: They call their project ‘a peace offensive’, which seems to me a contradiction in terms.
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Shedding light on the importance of mankind and humanity in general and minority in particular, the Chief Justice questioned whether a person should be hanged by only relying on such kind of statements, which are full of contradictions.
Chairman Mao defined the first principal contradiction and brought the issue of contemporary China to the front.
Mao said that "[p]rocesses change, old processes and old contradictions disappear, new processes and new contradictions emerge, and the methods of resolving contradictions differ accordingly" (78).
Yet that is precisely what needs to be sorted out if we are to understand capitalism, its contradictions and conflicts, and the means of challenging and changing it.
That's the deep power of contradiction. Repeated enough, political contradictions can lull us into giving up on critical thought altogether.
"I'm confident that Contradictions is an alternative pop record that fulfils my own criteria."
Contradictions also emerge from the encounter between utopian attempts to transform the world and the need to implement such attempts in practice.
I can therefore easily foresee many fruitful contributions using this very same approach to Pasolini's oeuvre and its many apparent contradictions, and I am definitely looking forward to exploring if such a multistable model functions with other works as well (his dialect poetry, for instance).
Another example of the contradictions is related to Erdoy-an's relationship with the GE-len community.
Before Brecht began his serious study of Marxism, he already realized internal contradictions within the human subject:
Contradictory findings from "well-implemented" rigorous evaluations invite researchers to identify the differences that might explain the contradictions, helping to generate testable hypotheses for new research.
What remains important at present is the simple fact that although logical contradictions exist in the narrative, its protagonist (and its author) do not need to be consciously aware of them for them to exist.
It was inevitable, therefore, that at some stage, these contradictions would spill out into the open.
The theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ), one of the most important innovation theories, has long recognized that the essence of solving problem is to eliminate the contradictions existing in technical systems, and has provided some tools to identify and remove these contradictions [1].
This is in reply to Ali Kazerooni's letter 'So many contradictions' (GDN, April 28).