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Pa'radox. n.s. [paradoxe, Fr. παράδοξος.] A tenet contrary to received opinion; an assertion contrary to appearance; a position in appearance absurd.

A glosse there is to colour that paradox, and make it appear in shew not to be altogether reasonable. Hooker.

You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair.

In their love of God, men can never be too affectionate: it is as true, though it may seem a paradox, that in their hatred of sin, men may be sometimes too passionate. Sprat.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Sprat, Thomas (20) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

Attributes: French (385) · Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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