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Paradox vs. Riddle — What's the Difference?

Paradox vs. Riddle — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Paradox and Riddle

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Paradox

A paradox is a logically self-contradictory statement or a statement that runs contrary to one's expectation. It is a statement that, despite apparently valid reasoning from true premises, leads to a seemingly self-contradictory or a logically unacceptable conclusion.
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Riddle

A riddle is a statement, question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. Riddles are of two types: enigmas, which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.
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Paradox

A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true
The uncertainty principle leads to all sorts of paradoxes, like the particles being in two places at once
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Riddle

To pierce with numerous holes; perforate
Riddle a target with bullets.
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Paradox

A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true
The paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
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Riddle

To spread throughout
"Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
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Paradox

A person, thing, or situation that exhibits inexplicable or contradictory aspects
"The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears" (Mary Shelley).
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Riddle

To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
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Paradox

A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
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Riddle

To solve or explain.
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Paradox

An apparently self-contradictory statement, which can only be true if it is false, and vice versa.
"This sentence is false" is a paradox.
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Riddle

To propound or solve riddles.
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Paradox

A counterintuitive conclusion or outcome.
It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.
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Riddle

To speak in riddles.
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Paradox

A claim that two apparently contradictory ideas are true.
Not having a fashion is a fashion; that's a paradox.
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Riddle

A coarse sieve, as for gravel.
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Paradox

A thing involving contradictory yet interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time.
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Riddle

A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
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Paradox

A person or thing having contradictory properties.
He is a paradox; you would not expect him in that political party.
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Riddle

One that is perplexing; an enigma.
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Paradox

An unanswerable question or difficult puzzle, particularly one which leads to a deeper truth.
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Riddle

A verbal puzzle, mystery, or other problem of an intellectual nature.
Here's a riddle: It's black, and white, and red all over. What is it?
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Paradox

(obsolete) A statement which is difficult to believe, or which goes against general belief.
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Riddle

An ancient verbal, poetic, or literary form, in which, rather than a rhyme scheme, there are parallel opposing expressions with a hidden meaning.
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Paradox

(uncountable) The use of counterintuitive or contradictory statements (paradoxes) in speech or writing.
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Riddle

A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.
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Paradox

A state in which one is logically compelled to contradict oneself.
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Riddle

A board with a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
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Paradox

The practice of giving instructions that are opposed to the therapist's actual intent, with the intention that the client will disobey or be unable to obey.
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Riddle

(obsolete) A curtain; bedcurtain.
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Paradox

A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd, but yet may be true in fact.
A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable.
This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof.
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Riddle

(religious) One of the pair of curtains enclosing an altar on the north and south.
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Paradox

(logic) a self-contradiction;
`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true it must be false
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Riddle

To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.
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Riddle

(transitive) To solve, answer, or explicate a riddle or question.
Riddle me this.
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Riddle

To put something through a riddle or sieve; to sieve; to sift.
You have to riddle the gravel before you lay it on the road.
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Riddle

To fill with holes like a riddle.
The shots from his gun began to riddle the targets.
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Riddle

To fill or spread throughout; to pervade.
Your argument is riddled with errors.
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Riddle

To plait.
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Riddle

A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.
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Riddle

A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.
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Riddle

Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.
To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret,That solved the riddle which I had proposed.
'T was a strange riddle of a lady.
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Riddle

To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.
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Riddle

To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.
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Riddle

To explain; to solve; to unriddle.
Riddle me this, and guess him if you can.
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Riddle

To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.
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Riddle

A difficult problem
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Riddle

A coarse sieve (as for gravel)
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Riddle

Pierce many times;
The bullets riddled his body
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Riddle

Set a difficult problem or riddle;
Riddle me a riddle
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Riddle

Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
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Riddle

Speak in riddles
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Riddle

Explain a riddle
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