a contradiction in terms

a statement consisting of words that mean opposite things

"Fair taxes", a contradiction in terms if ever there was one.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • contradiction in terms — ► contradiction in terms a statement or group of words associating incompatible objects or ideas. Main Entry: ↑contradiction …   English terms dictionary

  • contradiction of terms — index non sequitur Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • contradiction in terms — noun (logic) a statement that is necessarily false the statement he is brave and he is not brave is a contradiction • Syn: ↑contradiction • Topics: ↑logic • Hypernyms: ↑falsehood, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • contradiction in terms — noun A phrase or expression in which the component words contradict one another, often unintentionally, or are claimed to do so when seen from a particular point of view. A miniature giant is a contradiction in terms. Syn: contradiction, oxymoron …   Wiktionary

  • contradiction in terms — a statement or group of words associating incompatible objects or ideas. → contradiction …   English new terms dictionary

  • contradiction in terms — opposition, oxymoron, two things that are directly opposed to one another …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contradiction in terms — A phrase of which the parts are expressly inconsistent, as e.g., an innocent murder ; a fee simple for life …   Black's law dictionary

  • contradiction in terms — An expression which contradicts itself …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • (a) contradiction in terms — a contradiction in terms phrase a statement consisting of words that mean opposite things ‘Fair taxes’, a contradiction in terms if ever there was one. Thesaurus: statements and announcementshyponym Main entry: contradiction * * * a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) contradiction in terms — a phrase that is confusing because it contains words that seem to have opposite meanings. A British summer is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Euro Disney always seems to me a contradiction in terms because Disney is so typically American …   New idioms dictionary

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