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