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"contradiction" in British English

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contradictionnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈdɪk.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn-/
C2 the ​fact of something being the ​completeopposite 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 ​peoplethink that an ​honestpolitician is a contradiction in ​terms.
(Definition of contradiction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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