Definition of contradiction in terms in English:

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contradiction in terms

A statement or group of words associating incompatible objects or ideas: she has demonstrated that the term ‘student-athlete’ isn’t always a contradiction in terms
More example sentences
  • Since we do not know how to stand outside the universe - the very idea is almost a contradiction in terms - the only evidence we can use comes from within it.
  • Some people might think of judgment and forgiveness as incompatible, or as a contradiction in terms.
  • The idea of a real Englishman is almost a contradiction in terms, like talking about a real theme park or a real golf club.
Synonyms
conflict, clash, disagreement, opposition, inconsistency, lack of congruence, incongruity, incongruousness, mismatch, variance;
paradox, contradiction in terms
rare antinomy, aporia, antilogy
See parent entry: contradiction
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