paradox noun

ADJ. apparent | central | curious

VERB + PARADOX pose, present The facts pose something of a paradox. | explain, resolve

PREP. ~ about The paradox about time is that it seems to go faster as we become older and less active. | ~ between the paradox between the real and the ideal | ~ in the paradox in the relationship between creativity and psychosis

PHRASES by a curious paradox By a curious paradox, the team became less motivated the more games it won.