What is an Oxymoron?

An oxymoron, by definition, is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.

Why do we use Oxymorons?

They are often used to:
  • Give a dramatic effect
  • Give speech more luster
  • Invoke thought
  • Entertain


  • "I can resist anything, except temptation." - Oscar Wilde
  • "I am busy doing nothing."
  • The Living Dead
  • an original copy
  • a wise fool

Can you think of any more oxymorons?

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