One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A statement or group of words associating objects or ideas that are incompatible.‘“true fiction” is a contradiction in terms’
conflict, clash, disagreement, opposition, inconsistency, lack of congruence, incongruity, incongruousness, mismatch, varianceView synonyms
- ‘The very idea of empowerment through cultural heritage is a contradiction in terms.’
- ‘To others, it can only be a contradiction in terms.’
- ‘The idea of a real Englishman is almost a contradiction in terms, like talking about a real theme park or a real golf club.’
- ‘Am I the only one who sees the contradiction in terms here?’
- ‘Indeed, many people regard the very idea of group-differentiated citizenship as a contradiction in terms.’
- ‘Having a progressive movement without young people is practically a contradiction in terms - and is doomed to failure.’
- ‘Some people might think of judgment and forgiveness as incompatible, or as a contradiction in terms.’
- ‘I have never witnessed such a contradiction in terms.’
- ‘Since we do not know how to stand outside the universe - the very idea is almost a contradiction in terms - the only evidence we can use comes from within it.’
- ‘In fact, a statement of their dimensions is an apparent contradiction in terms.’
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