A figure in which an epithet of a contrary signification is added to a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.
The term 'serious actor' is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? Like 'Republican party' or 'airplane food.' Johnny Depp
Sex and older women used to be considered an oxymoron, rarely mentioned in the same breath. Gail Sheehy
The very concept of an Iranian university is an oxymoron. There are no free and open places of learning in that repressive theocracy. Dissenters are not given tenure; they are murdered, after first being tortured. Blasphemy, which is broadly defined, is punished. Gays are not only excluded from Iranian universities, but are imprisoned and killed. Alan Dershowitz
In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they'll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron. Christian Bale
I learned why 'out riding alone' is an oxymoron: An equestrian is never alone, is always sensing the other being, the mysterious but also understandable living being that is the horse. Jane Smiley
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