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.
"A miniature giant" is a contradiction in terms.
Contradiction-in-terms Sentence Examples
This obvious contradiction in terms well illustrates the difficulty of defining in a single formula the system, essentially transitional and meanwhile sui generis, established in the Russian empire since October 1905.
When many people hear the words "plus size bikini swimsuits," they think it's either a joke or contradiction in terms.
In a culture where the popular image of a fairy is one of brightness and laughter, dark fairies may seem like a contradiction in terms.