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What is an oxymoron?



An oxymoron is a collocation of words that have contradictory or sharply incongruous meanings.

Examples (English)
  • conspicuous by his absence
  • cruel kindness
  • thunderous silence
  • make haste slowly

Corbett 1971 491

  An oxymoron is a kind of

Corbett 1971 491


Mish 1991 844

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