Definition of self-contradiction in English:

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[mass noun]
Inconsistency between aspects or parts of a whole: deconstruction is interested in exploring language and revealing self-contradiction and instability [count noun]: we no longer see a puzzling self-contradiction in masochism
More example sentences
  • Further, self-centeredness, self-consciousness, and self-contradiction are not wholly reducible to self-delusion in these narratives.
  • One is bound to point out that as a way of organizing reality, this deterministic view of the world suffers from certain fatal defects, primarily an easy susceptibility to self-contradiction.
  • It has much more to do with the way modernity has massively increased our capacity for muddle and self-contradiction, while making it easier than ever before to live almost entirely on the surface of existence.



Example sentences
  • Later, Aaron's story evolved into a self-contradicting eyewitness statement that eventually included an admission of his own guilt.
  • I'm hoping those are two schools of thought, because the two principles sound pretty self-contradicting to me.
  • He's one of the more irritating and self-contradicting protagonists in recent memory.


Pronunciation: /sɛlfˌkɒntrəˈdɪktəri/
Example sentences
  • There seems to be something paradoxical, even self-contradictory, in the very notion of a Reformation image.
  • It also meant that socialism was an unstable, self-contradictory doctrine bound to fly apart in the inner contradiction between its means and ends.
  • There is a self-contradictory paradox in Gregory's argument.

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