Did You Know?
The ancient Greeks were well aware that a paradox can take us outside our usual way of thinking. They combined the prefix para- ("beyond"
or "outside of") with the verb dokein ("to
think"), forming paradoxos,
an adjective meaning "contrary to expectation." Latin speakers picked up the word and used it to create their noun paradoxum,
which English speakers borrowed during the 1500s to create paradox.
Examples of paradox in
For the actors, the goal was a paradox: real emotion, produced on cue.— Claudia Roth Pierpont, New
Yorker, 27 Oct. 2008Again and again, he returns in his writing to the paradox of a woman who is superior to the men around her by virtue of social class though considered inferior to them on account of her
gender.— Terry Eagleton, Harper's, November