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paradox

noun [C]  /ˈpær·əˌdɑks/ us  
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
adjective  /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kəl/ us  
a paradoxical quality
paradoxically
adverb  /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kli/ us  
The hot thing in video equipment is, paradoxically, sound.
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