An oxymoron is a figure of speech combining terms that are usually contradictory of one another. Some examples are:
jumbo shrimp / colossal shrimp /extremely average /same difference / living dead / bad health / calculated risk / cruel to be kind / the sound of silence ~ deafening silence / open secret /almost pregnant / brutally handsome / blind eye / guest host / realistic fiction / unbiased opinion.
Some examples you will find are offered as oxymorons to make a point, such as: honest lawyer
What an Oxymoron Is
The original oxymoron is "sweet and sour" (the Greek elements are: 'oxy' = acid, sharp and 'moron' = sweet, soft) -- nowadays "bittersweet" is perhaps the most common example, describing something that gives us pleasure but also has elements of sadness, regret or disappointment. An oxymoron is therefore a phrase usually involving two terms that seem to be contradictory or paradoxical but are both true. It should be distinguished from "a contradiction in terms" which means that one term or the other is likely to be untrue, that one term logically excludes the other one (the classic joke is "military intelligence"), however people often use the term "oxymoron" for a "contradiction in terms".
Perhaps what is most paradoxical and a little ironic is that oxymorons are often used in the English language and they are usually perfectly well understood, even though they are contradictory. But, then again, the boundaries of language and the shifting landscape of experience never quite match up, so it's a useful method of making people think about what you are trying to describe.
The following sentences and phrases are examples of oxymorons. The oxymorons are underlined and there is a brief explanation of why the underlined is considered an oxymoron.
Here is a long paragraph with lots of them:
I can picture my friend 'Barking' Eddie, it's a pretty ugly sight. I see him half-naked, sipping non-alcoholic beer from his plastic 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 will be chaotically organizing a working holiday for Hell's Angels. This is a new tradition, as 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.
Observations in Literature
O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this."
(William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)
A huge nothing
Judges are supposed to have unbiased opinions.
Oxymorons may appear in some common proverbs. An example would be "act natural".
GIVE ME AN ANSWER I DON"T KNOW
At last the Dodo said, `Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.'
One good oxymoron is jumbo shrimp. Other examples are painfully nice and business casual.
Oxymorons from Act I Scene V of Romeo & Juliet:"My only love sprung from my only hate!"
Some examples for oxymorons could be the little giants, pretty ugly, In a sentence, you could say that she was 'a little big'.
some oxymorons are small crowd, pretty ugly, freezer burn, and jumbo shrimp.
Well in act1 scene 1 there are some uses of oxymoroms made by romeo. This is:cold firefeather of leadbright smoke and sick health
"noble thief" (Chapter 2)
Some examples of contradictory terms are 'living dead', 'pretty ugly', 'jumbo shrimp', and 'virtual reality'. If the contradiction is intentional (rhetorical or poetic), then it is called an ox·y·mo·ron. All oxymorons are contradictory terms, but not all contradictory terms are oxymorons.OXYMORON n.A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
silent scream, cruel kindness, deafening silence, ice burn, painful pleasure
There are lots of oxymorons in Act I Scene 1:"O brawling love!, O loving hate!,"
Brilliantly stupid Seriously confused Open secret Only choice and my favourite, Hell's Angels ;)
dull glow morosely gratified
At last the Dodo said, `Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.
Oxymoronical relates to a statement that contains oxymorons. An example would be in response to a statement including oxymorons would be, "That was an oxymoronical statement."
unoxymorons i guess... Json100
The book is filled with oxymorons. The stark differences between Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay; the differences between Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge; and the differences between the two cities of London and Paris are but a few.
Jumbo shrimpMilitary IntelligenceCompetent governmentgood copalmost exactlygood griefsanitary landfillsmall crowdclearly misunderstood
between 1870- 1900