ADJ. complete, direct, flat | flagrant, glaring, manifest, obvious | basic, fundamental There's a basic contradiction in the whole idea of paying for justice. | inherent | apparent | internal
PREP. in ~ to/with That's in direct contradiction to what he said yesterday. | ~ between There is an apparent contradiction between the needs of workers and those of employers. | ~ of That's a contradiction of what you just said.
PHRASES a contradiction in terms The idea is almost a contradiction in terms.