Definition of antilogy in English:



  • A contradiction in terms or ideas.

    • ‘We join tautologies, synonyms, antonyms, and antilogies by the common name oppositi (singular- oppositus) (from the Latin, oppositus = opposite).’
    • ‘He commented, ‘Everybody is building reusable components but everyone is building the same reusable components over and over again, which is a little bit of an antilogy.’’
    • ‘Accepting this mathematical context produces a semantical change in the meanings of the terms with the result that they no longer stand for classical concepts and are therefore no longer antilogies.’
    • ‘In Hopkins's poetic practice, this is rendered by the frequent use of antilogies to qualify the divine.’
    • ‘More generally, antilogy names the basic rhetorical theory (propounded by Protagoras) that two contrary arguments may be given about everything.’
    conflict, clash, disagreement, opposition, inconsistency, lack of congruence, incongruity, incongruousness, mismatch, variance
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Early 17th century: from French antilogie, from Greek antilogia, from anti- ‘against’ + -logia (see -logy).