contradiction in terms

Definition of contradiction in terms

  1. :  a phrase that contains words which have very different or opposite meanings I think “working vacation” is a contradiction in terms.

Word by Word Definitions

contradictionplay
  1. :  act or an instance of contradicting

    :  a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something

    :  a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other

termplay terms
  1. :  a word or expression that has a precise meaning in some uses or is peculiar to a science, art, profession, or subject

    :  expression of a specified kind

    :  a limited or definite extent of time

  1. :  to apply a term to :  call, name


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