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contradiction in terms

n. A phrase or expression in which the component words contradict one another, often unintentionally, or are claimed to do so when seen from a particular point of view.

contradiction in terms

n. (logic) a statement that is necessarily false; "the statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction" [syn: contradiction]

Usage examples of "contradiction in terms".

SCENT agents were supposed to remain inconspicuous, and a softhearted medieval bourgeois was a contradiction in terms.

So a proprietary, closed, secret operating system is a contradiction in terms.