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paradox

noun [C]    /ˈpær·əˌdɑks/
a statement or situation that may be true but seems impossible or difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics: It’s a strange paradox that people who say you shouldn’t criticize the government criticize it as soon as they disagree with it. paradoxical    /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kəl/ adjective a paradoxical quality paradoxically    /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kli/ adverb The hot thing in video equipment is, paradoxically, sound.
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