US: /ˈpɛɹəˌdɑks/
UK: /pˈæɹədˌɒks/

English Vietnamese dictionary

paradox /'pærədɔks/
  • danh từ
    • ý kiến ngược đời
    • (triết học) nghịch biện
    • (toán học) nghịch lý
    • ngược đời, vật ngược đời

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C] a person, thing or situation that has two opposite features and therefore seems strange: He was a paradox-a loner who loved to chat to strangers. + It is a curious paradox that professional comedians often have unhappy personal lives.
2 [C, U] a statement containing two opposite ideas that make it seem impossible or unlikely, although it is probably true; the use of this in writing: 'More haste, less speed' is a well-known paradox. + It's a work full of paradox and ambiguity.
paradoxical adjective: It is paradoxical that some of the poorest people live in some of the richest areas of the country.
paradoxically adverb: Paradoxically, the less she ate, the fatter she got.

Thesaurus dictionary

contradiction, self-contradiction, incongruity, inconsistency, absurdity, ambiguity, enigma, puzzle, mystery, quandary, problem, dilemma:
Can you explain away Zeno's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise? The paradox was that although it was Edward's fifth birthday, he was 20 years old.

Collocation dictionary


apparent | central | curious


pose, present
The facts pose something of a paradox.
| explain, resolve


~ about
The paradox about time is that it seems to go faster as we become older and less active.
| ~ between
the paradox between the real and the ideal
| ~ in
the paradox in the relationship between creativity and psychosis


by a curious paradox
By a curious paradox, the team became less motivated the more games it won.

Concise English dictionary

paradoxes'pærədɑks /-dɒks
+(logic) a statement that contradicts itself