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paradox (noun) a combination of opposites.
A paradox is a person, thing or situation which has two opposite features and therefore appears strange. It is a paradox if one who acts villains' roles in movies happens to be a very good person in real-life. 'Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink,' - a situation in the middle of an ocean where you are without drinking water, is a good example of a paradox. Poverty amidst plenty is a paradox. A sentence in which opposite words are used is a paradox. 'The surgeon has to be cruel in showing his tender concern for their patient,' is a sentence with a paradox in it.
- India strikes one as a land of paradoxes. It is a land of some of the richest people in the world, and also of the poorest in the world. It has renowned scientists and at the same time totally illiterate people.
- The statement that his handwriting is beautiful though illegible is an expression of a paradox.