Share this entry

paradoxical Syllabification: par·a·dox·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈdäksək(ə)l/

Definition of paradoxical in English:


Seemingly absurd or self-contradictory: by glorifying the acts of violence they achieve the paradoxical effect of making them trivial
More example sentences
  • Both appear to have a paradoxical effect of either increasing or decreasing the stress response.
  • It would be paradoxical to advocate an inquiry into inquiries, but we can begin to see criteria that will make them more likely to succeed.
  • It is also about the paradoxical tension between human freedom and divine providence.
contradictory, self-contradictory, inconsistent, incongruous, anomalous;
illogical, puzzling, baffling, incomprehensible, inexplicable



Pronunciation: /ˈˌperəˈdäksək(ə)lē/
[sentence adverb]: paradoxically, the more fuel a star starts off with, the sooner it runs out
More example sentences
  • Uniforms, paradoxically, can allow for a greater sense of true personal uniqueness.
  • The French, paradoxically, like to feel like included outsiders.
  • But as the lifespan of the average person grows longer, paradoxically the age at which people are retiring is falling.

Words that rhyme with paradoxical

upcycle • Popsicle • versicle

Definition of paradoxical in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words