Definition of self-contradiction in English:



  • Inconsistency between aspects or parts of a whole.

    ‘deconstruction is interested in exploring language and revealing self-contradiction and instability’
    • ‘a puzzling self-contradiction in masochism’
    • ‘Further, self-centeredness, self-consciousness, and self-contradiction are not wholly reducible to self-delusion in these narratives.’
    • ‘One is bound to point out that as a way of organizing reality, this deterministic view of the world suffers from certain fatal defects, primarily an easy susceptibility to self-contradiction.’
    • ‘It has much more to do with the way modernity has massively increased our capacity for muddle and self-contradiction, while making it easier than ever before to live almost entirely on the surface of existence.’
    • ‘This is the greatest self-contradiction I've heard all day.’
    • ‘To be sure, the Times appears at least to recognize the potential for hypocrisy or self-contradiction in its statements.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the logic on which this message rests is absurd to the point of self-contradiction.’
    • ‘He starts with a letter from a reader notable both for its irrelevance and its self-contradiction.’
    • ‘It is the same with the way she talks: the outrageous soundbite followed by the banal self-contradiction.’
    • ‘Why they need to chop it up unless they're scared of self-contradiction is beyond me.’
    • ‘A man fully steeped in the niceties of Austrian economics might still reject these ends, and not be forced to endure the pain of self-contradiction.’
    • ‘Even in the opening situation of the poem, then, generic self-contradiction makes itself emphatically apparent.’
    • ‘It leads them down a path of self-contradiction and alienation.’
    • ‘That is, to be a human being means that your right to defend yourself cannot be abrogated without self-contradiction.’
    • ‘The main fault I find with the book is Namaste's own self-contradiction.’
    • ‘Socrates plies his interlocutors with a chain of questions, and their replies trap them into self-contradiction.’
    • ‘He fused two forms which often exist separately and apart, even in self-contradiction.’
    • ‘Persistent questioning, passionate debate, direct self-contradictions, an electric atmosphere - all were there.’
    • ‘This is because liars must avoid self-contradictions.’
    • ‘Sometimes evolutionists are so keen to attack creationists that they don't realise their self-contradictions.’
    • ‘Setting aside the self-contradiction, what does all that mean?’
    unpredictability, inconstancy, lack of consistency, changeableness, variability, instability, irregularity, unevenness, unsteadiness



/ˈˌself ˌkäntrəˈdikSHən/ /ˈˌsɛlf ˌkɑntrəˈdɪkʃən/