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  • n. A paradoxical statement; a paradox.
  • n. The state or quality of being paradoxical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A paradoxical statement; a paradox.
  • n. The quality or state of being paradoxical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being paradoxical.

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Examples

  • Freud's study of the antithetical sense of “primal words” as well as his contributions to the theory of word-play have given new dimensions to paradoxy, important in literature as well as in psychological method.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • Lewis Carroll and Christian Morgenstern offers both the classical paradoxical topics and major contributions to literary paradoxy.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • Other efforts to invoke the indescribable and ineffable may result in verbal paradoxy — “Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear,” wrote Milton of God's ambiance, and of Satan's, “darkness visible.”

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • By the sheer multitude of paradoxical formulations in his Gargantua et Pantagruel, particularly clustered in the Tiers livre, Rabelais offers a wonderful anthol - ogy of Renaissance paradoxy.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • Zeno's paradoxes and the self - referential paradoxes, “the Liar” in particular, raise the problem of “matching” verbal utterance to perceived reality and to conceptions, a topic also explored, with due attention to verbal and logical paradoxy, in the

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • The Renaissance is, partly for this reason, rich in paradoxy, although another reason for the form's popularity in the period is simply the humanist recovery of classical literary models, among them the paradox.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • Because of its canonical opposition to received opinion (social, moral, intellectual cliché), paradoxy often dealt with material “new” in any given intellec - tual context.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • And they offer an interesting case-history in paradoxy: utopian commonwealths often proved so persuasive that their paradoxical character gave way before their didactic function.

    LITERARY PARADOX

  • Krafft-Ebing in excluding from the category of sexual paradoxy those cases in which sexual excitement is caused solely by peripheral inflammatory stimuli, balanitis (inflammation of the glans penis), threadworms, and the like.

    The Sexual Life of the Child

  • These are not instances of sexual paradoxy, because the essential characteristic of the latter is that it originates centrally, even though its manifestations take a peripheral form.

    The Sexual Life of the Child

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