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Oxymoron

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Examples of Oxymorons

As with many other literary and rhetorical devices, oxymorons are used for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they are used to create some sort of drama for the reader or listener, and sometimes they are used to make the person stop and think, whether it's to laugh or to ponder.

One famous oxymoron is the phrase "the same difference." This phrase qualifies as an oxymoron because the words "same" and "difference" have completely opposite meanings. Therefore, bringing them together into one phrase produces a verbally puzzling, yet engaging, effect.

  • Great Depression
  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Cruel to be kind
  • Pain for pleasure
  • Clearly confused
  • Act naturally
  • Beautifully painful
  • Painfully beautiful
  • Deafening silence
  • Pretty ugly
  • Pretty fierce
  • Pretty cruel
  • Definitely maybe
  • Living dead
  • Walking dead
  • Only choice
  • Amazingly awful
  • Alone together
  • Virtual reality
  • Random order
  • Original copy
  • Happy sad
  • Disgustingly delicious
  • Run slowly
  • Awfully good
  • Awfully delicious
  • Small crowd
  • Dark light
  • Light darkness
  • Dark snow
  • Open secret
  • Passive aggressive
  • Appear invisible
  • Awfully lucky
  • Awfully pretty
  • Big baby
  • Tiny elephant
  • Wake up dead
  • Goodbye reception
  • Growing smaller
  • Least favorite
  • True myth
  • Typically weird
  • Typically odd
  • Naturally strange
  • Weirdly normal
  • Unpopular celebrity
  • Worthless gold
  • Sad joy
  • Liquid food
  • Heavy diet
  • Noticeable absence
  • Quiet presence
  • Short wait
  • Sweet agony
Author:XtreMe
Published:Jun 17th 2013
Modified:Jun 17th 2013

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