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contradiction

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈdɪk.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn-/
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 bit of 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.
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