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What is an oxymoron?

 

Definition
 

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
 
Source:

Corbett 1971 491

Generic
  An oxymoron is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Corbett 1971 491

 

Mish 1991 844


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