self-con·​tra·​dic·​tion ˌself-ˌkän-trə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce self-contradiction (audio)
: contradiction of oneself
: a self-contradictory statement or proposition

Examples of self-contradiction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So a fair degree of self-contradiction was exhibited, even among those who seemed emphatic in their condemnation of Bramhall. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 There’s a measure of self-contradiction, of course, in policing discourse about the First Amendment. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2023 This is an institution squirming in its own orchard of self-contradiction — a comeuppance with no expiration date. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-contradiction was in 1606

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“Self-contradiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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