What is an Oxymoron?

What is an Oxymoron

Words that appear intrinsically contradictory, used to highlight the dual nature of a concept. It can serve as a tool for humor, irony, and sarcasm.


  • Cruel kindness
  • Civil War
  • Clearly confused
  • Random order

Oxymoron vs. Paradox

A paradox expresses contradictory thoughts.

Like Socrates’ statement: “If I know one thing, it’s that I know nothing.”

An oxymoron contrasts opposing words used together.

Example: A deafening silence

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