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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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The Chief Justice also lamented that such glaring contradictions floating on the face of record had not been looked in to and considered by lower court as well as high court.
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More recently, in the 20th century, the intuitionists went further and came to regard proof by contradiction as an invalid method of reasoning.
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If y were adjacent to [w.sub.1], then either {[w.sub.1], v, x, y} would induce [H.sub.3] or {[w.sub.1], u, x, y} would induce [H.sub.2] in G, a contradiction. So, in particular, [w.sub.2] is different from y and, by symmetry, nonadjacent to it.
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While my aim is not to claim that Brecht depends on Chinese thought to formulate his theoretical statements about theatre, I attempt to demonstrate that certain Daoist ideas were central to Brecht's very concept of contradiction. Furthermore, I suggest that Brecht's notion of "dialectic" acquires a full meaning and function in Brecht's combination, appropriation, interpretation and use of the Daoist and Marxist concepts of dialectics from his own perspective.