A trope that claims the truth of a contradictory statement. The term comes from the Greek, para, meaning “opposite” or “contrary to”; and doxa, meaning “belief.” You see doxa in “orthodoxy,” which literally means “correct belief.” A paradox takes a pair of truths and mashes them together like positive and negative ions in a nuclear experiment. The opposites can be attractive, helping your audience understand complexity while holding their attention.
Christians chop down trees to make houses to put trees in. Jonathan Safran Foer
Lindsay Lohan: Beautiful, funny, screw-loose drunken nutcase.
Sarah Palin: Fit, savvy, tough, funny, vicious.
George Clooney: Handsome, suave, monotonal.
Mel Gibson: Handsome, funny, racist drunken nutcase.