Share this entry

Share this page

paradox

Saltos de línea: para|dox
Pronunciación: /ˈparədɒks
 
/

Definición de paradox en inglés:

sustantivo

1A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true: the uncertainty principle leads to all sorts of paradoxes, like the particles being in two places at once
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • It sounds like a paradox - Paris has almost three times as much rain as London but London is much rainier than Paris.
  • These rationalizations are resorted to by true believers, to maintain their belief despite the failures and paradoxes that they constantly encounter.
  • We don't like the apparently irreconcilable paradoxes adults have to deal with, and we want a nice, simple system of reward and punishment.
Sinónimos
contradiction, contradiction in terms, self-contradiction, inconsistency, incongruity, anomaly, conflict;
absurdity, oddity, enigma, puzzle, mystery, conundrum
1.1A statement or proposition which, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems logically unacceptable or self-contradictory: the liar paradox [mass noun]: Parmenides was the original advocate of the philosophical power of paradox
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Disjunctions or conditionals featured as premises in many of the logical paradoxes and sophisms which members of the Dialectical school discussed.
  • Less is known about the Megarian logicians, but they seem to have been particularly interested in conditionals, and also in logical paradoxes.
  • Therefore, in order to counter concerns raised by the discovery of the logical and set-theoretic paradoxes, a new approach was needed to justify modern mathematical methods.
1.2A person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities: cathedrals face the paradox of having enormous wealth in treasures but huge annual expenses
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Havana is a city of architectural ironies and paradoxes, of harmony and dissonance.
  • Brunel is a fascinating paradox: an artist and engineer who was rooted in the old world but imagined and helped to create the new.
  • He's a paradox in some ways. There is an air of indifference, but he really does care.

Origen

mid 16th century (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'.

Más
  • Originally a paradox was a statement contrary to accepted opinion. It came into English via late Latin from Greek paradoxon ‘contrary (opinion)’, formed from elements para- ‘distinct from’ and doxa ‘opinion’, found also in orthodox (Late Middle English), where it is combined with orthos ‘straight, right’.

Palabras que riman con paradox

workboxheterodox

Share this entry

Share this page

 

¿Qué te llama la atención de esta palabra o frase?

Los comentarios que no respeten nuestras Normas comunitarias podrían ser moderados o eliminados.

Obtenga más de Oxford Dictionaries

Suscribirse para eliminar anuncios y acceder a los recursos premium

Palabra del día chef-d'œuvre
Pronunciación: ʃeɪ ˈdəːvr(ə)
noun
a masterpiece