1‘the profound contradiction between the economic and the social policies pursued by the government’
conflict, clash, disagreement, opposition, inconsistency, lack of congruence, incongruity, incongruousness, mismatch, variance
paradox, contradiction in terms
rare antinomy, aporia, antilogy
2‘the second sentence appears to be a flat contradiction of the first’
denial, refutation, rebuttal, countering, counterstatement, opposite
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.