Figures of Speech - Oxymoron

What is oxymoron?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines incongruous or contradictory terms. The plural is oxymorons or oxymora.


An oximoron can be made of an adjective and a noun:

  • Dark light
  • Deafening silence
  • Living dead
  • Open secret
  • Virtual reality

Oximorons can also be a combination of a noun and a verb.

  • The silence whistles

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