Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “a contradiction in terms”

a contradiction in terms

a phrase that is confusing because it contains words that seem to have opposite meanings: An honest politician - isn't that a contradiction in terms?Denying and contradicting
(Definition of a contradiction in terms from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Translations of “a contradiction in terms”

Word of the Day


friendly or helpful

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More