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  • n. The state or quality of being paradoxical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being pararadoxical.


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From paradoxical +‎ -ness


  • If he had indeed held prudence to be a good, producing felicity, as Epicurus thought, one should have blamed only the absurdity and the paradoxicalness of this opinion; but since prudence of itself is not another thing differing from felicity, but felicity itself, how is it not a contradiction to say, that momentary happiness is equally desirable with eternal, and yet that momentary happiness is nothing worth?

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The strength of the British Constitution lies in its inherent absurdity, its audacious paradoxicalness.

    Without Prejudice

  • He describes pretty well the loneliness that goes with (so far as I can see) making any kind of art, and which he says adheres with a particular paradoxicalness (paradoxality?) to theatre:

    theatre notes

  • Erased de Kooning was the first major work of Rauschenberg’s career, and it showed many of the qualities for which he would eventually become known: a paradoxical originality (or perhaps an original paradoxicalness), energy, iconoclasm, unerring instinct.

    R.I.P Robert Rauschenberg

  • Walden is held together by a "controlling principle," and to think of it as a constellation of trajectories that can pull against as well as with each other seems arbitrary and confusing ” notwithstanding Thoreau's notorious paradoxicalness.

    An Exchange on Thoreau

  • And though some, indeed, did things exactly contrary to this, and being before unaccustomed now went in the morning with a run to chapel in order that fewer being present the paradoxicalness of their appearance when compared with the multitude of those who were absent might gain them a prestige of virtue not real but simulated -- yet with most there was now neither fear of the Dean by land nor by sea of their coaches: disobeying whom they ate and drank all kinds of things contrary to law, no one being willing to exert himself for that which seemed to be honourable, and calculating that the present abstention from pastry was not equivalent to the possibility of being bumped in the future about as much and not less than if he had smoked three pipes and a cheroot.


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