paradox paradoxos
 pa'-ra-dox from Gk. para, "past, contrary to" and doxa, "opinion"
paradoxon, paradoxum
  1. A statement that is self-contradictory on the surface, yet seems to evoke a truth nonetheless.


    Whosoever loses his life, shall find it.

  2. = inopinatum. The expression of one's inability to believe or conceive of something; a type of faux wondering). As such, this kind of paradox is much like aporia and functions much like a rhetorical question or erotema.


    It seems impossible to me that this administration could so quickly reverse itself on this issue.

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Sources: Melanch. IR c8r ("paradoxum" "inopinatum"); Day 1599 90 ("paradoxon"); Putt. (1589) 233 ("paradoxon," "the wondrer")

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