Meaning of “contradiction” in the English Dictionary

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"contradiction" in British English

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contradictionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌkɒn.trəˈdɪk.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːn.trəˈdɪk.ʃən/

C2 the fact of something being the complete opposite of something else or very different from something else, so that one of them must be wrong:

You say that you're good friends and yet you don't trust him. Isn't that a contradiction?
a contradiction in terms

a combination of words that is nonsense because some of the words suggest the opposite of some of the others:

Many people think that an honest politician is a contradiction in terms.

(Definition of “contradiction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contradiction" in American English

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contradictionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌkɑn·trəˈdɪk·ʃən/

a fact or statement that is the opposite of what someone has said or that is so different from another fact or statement that one of them must be wrong:

[ C ] fig. His life was full of contradictions (= things that are not likely to appear together).

(Definition of “contradiction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)