One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A contradiction in terms or ideas.
conflict, clash, disagreement, opposition, inconsistency, lack of congruence, incongruity, incongruousness, mismatch, varianceView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from French antilogie, from Greek antilogia, from anti- ‘against’ + -logia (see -logy).
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