An oxymoron is a conjoined pair of (seemingly) contradictory terms, e.g. deafening silence, pretty ugly, same difference, silent scream, or jumbo shrimp. The pairing, while a…pparently paradoxical, will usually have a coherent meaning. Also, you can think of an oxymoron as a contradiction or paradoxical phrase used intentionally for rhetorical affect. It consists usually of two words normally considered impossible to connect. Examples might be "tough love", "sometimes you must be cruel to be kind", or this, from the link below: Tennyson's Idylls of the King contains two oxymorons: "And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true" An oxymoron used as a figure of speech would be "lead balloon" (a misguided effort or creation). Although it is possible to make a lead balloon, it would almost certainly not function as a balloon. (see related question and links) (MORE)
Oxymorons are two words that are right by each other that can mean exactly opposite things like: big shrimp, pretty ugly, stupid genius, a little big, accurate estimate, awful…ly nice, baby giant, barely dressed, young adult, true lies, etc. (MORE)
Here is a long phrase of lots of them in it: I can picture my friend 'Barking' Eddie, it's a pretty ugly sight. I see him half naked, sipping non-alcoholic beer from his pla…stic glass. Then from time-to-time he nibbles on his cold hotdog, which is smothered in hot chili sauce. For pudding Eddie will be having freezer burnt, white chocolate, ice cream, with a plain fudge topping. Next week Eddie is organizing a working holiday for Hell's angels. This is a new tradition, they will be spending a whole half-day on the top floor of his low-rise office. They are hoping to watch a live recording of a programme about turning green oranges into non-stick glue. (MORE)
Oxymorons are just statements that contradict each other. For instance: Pretty Ugly: She was pretty ugly when I first met her from online. Intense Calm: An intense calm cam…e over the jungle one evening,signifying a storm was approaching. .
Deafening silence: There was a deafening silence at the meetingjust then. .
Random order: The list was in random order. .
Original copy: He had an original copy of the book. (MORE)