Words at Play : Simple But Intelligent Word Choices, Vol. 2

#2: Paradox

Definition:

a statement that seems to be contradictory or opposed to common sense yet is perhaps true

Words It Might Replace:

puzzle, surprise

Example:

"Withhold $800 million in military aid, let it go through, or double it – no matter what Washington does it can't escape the paradox that [Pakistan] is its most important ally in the war on terror." – Zachary Fillingham, Geopolitical Monitor, July 11, 2011

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