paradox - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈpærədɒks/
singularparadox
pluralparadoxes
  1. 1
    [countable] a person, thing, or situation that is strange because they have features or qualities that do not normally exist together

    We get this apparent paradox of people migrating to an area that has very high unemployment.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a statement consisting of two parts that seem to mean the opposite of each other, or the use of this kind of statement in writing