Meaning of “paradox” in the English Dictionary

"paradox" in British English

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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.sɪ.kəl/

C2

It seems paradoxical to me, but if you drink a cup of hot tea it seems to cool you down.
paradoxically
adverb uk /ˌpær.əˈdɒk.sɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌper.əˈdɑːk.sɪ.kəl.i/

The big thing in video equipment is, paradoxically, sound.

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

"paradox" in American English

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paradoxnoun [ C ]

us /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
adjective us /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kəl/

a paradoxical quality
paradoxically
adverb us /ˌpær·əˈdɑk·sɪ·kli/

The hot thing in video equipment is, paradoxically, sound.

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