paradox (n.)
statement going against accepted belief, absurdity
Ham III.i.114[Hamlet to Ophelia] This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof
Oth II.i.136[Desdemona to Iago] These are old fond paradoxes
TC I.iii.184[Ulysses to all, of Achilles and Patroclus] All our abilities ... serves / As stuff for these two to make paradoxes
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