Meaning of PARADOX in English


/ ˈpærədɒks; NAmE -dɑːks/ noun


[ C ] a person, thing or situation that has two opposite features and therefore seems strange :

He was a paradox—a loner who loved to chat to strangers.

It is a curious paradox that professional comedians often have unhappy personal lives.


[ C , U ] a statement containing two opposite ideas that make it seem impossible or unlikely, although it is probably true; the use of this in writing :

'More haste, less speed' is a well-known paradox.

It's a work full of paradox and ambiguity.

►  para·dox·ical / ˌpærəˈdɒksɪkl; NAmE -ˈdɑːks-/ adjective :

It is paradoxical that some of the poorest people live in some of the richest areas of the country.

►  para·dox·ic·al·ly / -kli; NAmE / adverb :

Paradoxically, the less she ate, the fatter she got.



mid 16th cent. (originally denoting a statement contrary to accepted opinion): via late Latin from Greek paradoxon contrary (opinion), neuter adjective used as a noun, from para- distinct from + doxa opinion.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.