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paradoxnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpær.ə.dɒks/  us   /ˈper.ə.dɑːks/
paradoxical
adjective uk   /ˌpær.əˈdɒk.sɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌper.əˈdɑːk-/
C2 It ​seems paradoxical to me, but if you ​drink a ​cup of ​hottea it ​seems to ​cool you down.
paradoxically
adverb uk   /ˌpær.əˈdɒk.sɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌper.əˈdɑːk-/
The ​big thing in ​videoequipment is, paradoxically, ​sound.
(Definition of paradox from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paradoxnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpær·əˌdɑks/
a ​statement or ​situation that may be ​true but ​seemsimpossible or ​difficult to ​understand because it ​contains two ​oppositefacts or characteristics: It’s a ​strange paradox that ​people who say you shouldn’t ​criticize the ​governmentcriticize it as ​soon as they ​disagree with it.
paradoxical
adjective  us   /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kəl/
a paradoxical ​quality
paradoxically
adverb  us   /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kli/
The ​hot thing in ​videoequipment is, paradoxically, ​sound.
(Definition of paradox from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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