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. Shakesp.
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.