oxymoron

[ US /ˌɑkˈsiˈmɔɹɑn/ ]
[ UK /ˌɒksɪmˈɔːɹɒn/ ]
NOUN
  1. conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
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How To Use oxymoron In A Sentence

  • Oxymorons are things like wedded bliss, gourmet tofu and, more recently, Microsoft Works. Think Progress » Zakaria: Rumsfeld ‘Seems In A Parallel Universe and Slightly Deranged’
  • Any area of the country wher they will look you in the eye and tell you that dinaosuars roamed the earth in 6 BC with Noah and Jesus and espouses creationsim and intelligent design (what an oxymoron) will give you Senators like Inhofe, DeMint, McConnell and the other gop troglodytes, Voinovich: The GOP's 'being taken over by Southerners'
  • As their name suggests, ‘romances of real life’ denote a self-consciously oxymoronic genre.
  • Heh-heh: the term "tight slacks" is actually an oxymoron. Modest Feminine Dress From the Pages of 1990 Victoria Magazine
  • The oxymoron is a figure of speech that makes the unwitty witty. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Another triumph for military intelligence, the finest of all oxymorons.
  • This is, of course, a ridiculous contradiction and probably would qualify as a first-class oxymoron.
  • The term native-English speaker itself can be an oxymoron sometimes.
  • So… you need a Famous Writer, or at a pinch, a Famous Reviewer (which is all too often an oxymoron) to produce the necessary burble for the blurb.
  • It may sound like an oxymoron: " A phone booth for the mobile world.
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