contradiction in terms

noun
(logic) a statement that is necessarily false
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the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction

Syn: ↑contradiction
Topics: ↑logic
Hypernyms: ↑falsehood, ↑falsity, ↑untruth
Hyponyms: ↑antinomy, ↑paradox

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contradiction in terms
A group of words containing a contradiction
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Main Entry:contradict

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contradiction in terms,
a statement or phrase which is self-contradictory: »

A virtuous tyrant is a contradiction in terms (Benjamin Jowett).

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a statement or group of words associating objects or ideas that are incompatible

"true fiction" is a contradiction in terms

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contradiction in terms
: a phrase that contains words which have very different or opposite meanings

I think “working vacation” is a contradiction in terms.

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Main Entry:contradiction
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contradiction in terms — see contradiction
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Main Entry:term

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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