oxymoron

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conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

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You all know about jumbo shrimp and military intelligence (I make no judgments here), but I imagine you employ oxymorons more often than you realize.
Of course, all the above oxymorons and minor contradictions add nuance to the situation at Rodney Parade.
Bechtol also throws around terms that, while not classic oxymorons, might be considered near misses.
In Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, Lubar writes in laugh-out-loud style about the problems of a teenager figuring out high school.
Literary oxymorons, created accidentally on purpose, include Geoffrey Chaucer's hateful good, Edmund Spenser's proud humility, John Milton's darkness visible, Alexander Pope's "damn with faint praise," Lord Byron's melancholy merriment, James Thomson's expressive silence, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's falsely true, Ernest Hemingway's scalding coolness, and, the most quoted of all, William Shakespeare's "parting is such sweet sorrow."
One of the main oxymorons is "uninvolved involvement." We are watching something, but from far away, we are uninvolved.
"Military intelligence" is one of the oldest oxymorons in my collection, and rightly so.
"You can't always get what you want," crooned activist-musician Doug Hartnett, as his band the Oxymorons ripped into the Rolling Stones classic and a set of equally appropriate tunes for dissenters on the first night of the George W.
THE Irish Secret Service, which costs pounds 750,000 a year, has been called one of the 'great oxymorons of our time', said Minister of State for Health and Children Mary Hanafin last week, debating Appropriations Bill.
Gay Republicans are not oxymorons, and they are not self-hating They are brave.
Benign neglect is one of those oxymorons, like Kenneth Galbraith's conventional wisdom, which is slipping into everyday vocabulary.
Schmidt want the schools to teach creation science or scientific creationism (both are oxymorons) to our children?
In particular, she examines Wright's use of language, and specifically oxymorons such as "living dead" to describe the people above ground, and "dark sunshine" to illustrate inversion of dark-light symbols.
The Congressional Ethics Committee--one of the more creative oxymorons currently in use ("guaranteed pension" and "McDonald's nutritional chart" are others of note)--has charged the Newtmeister with providing it with "inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable information." Or, in layman's terms: "liar, liar, pants on fire."
Oxymorons are similar to such other devices as paradox and antithesis.