A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.
contradiction, contradiction in terms, self-contradiction, inconsistency, incongruity, anomaly, conflict
- ‘there are not many short novels capable of accommodating bewildering antinomies’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.
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