Are you familiar with term ‘oxymoron’? You might have heard of this before but do you really know it definition? Okay to make things clear to you; let me give you the right definition of the term oxymoron. It is a figure or speech in which two opposite ideas or word are joined to create with an effect. Later I will give some very common samples that you might have heard that your friends are using. There are different types of oxymorons that you can encounter like the funny oxymoron words or phrases. But the common oxymoron phrase is a combination of an adjective proceeded by a noun with contrasting meaning like for example; “cruel kindness” or “living death”. In this phrase you can obviously see that the two different words combined give only one meaning but if you check each word, they have two different meanings and mostly they are both positive and negative.
But oxymorons is not always composed of two words, it can also be in a form of a sentence like for example; “In order to lead, you must walk behind”. The plural forms of oxymoron are oxymorons or oxymora. The adjective term are oxymoronic or oxymoric. One more thing that many people get wrong to is the difference between oxymoron and paradox. Let me clear that with you so next time you will be able to determine and understand the difference between paradox and oxymoron. A paradox is actually consisting of a sentence or even group of sentences. This seems contradictory to the general truth but it does contain an implied truth. On the other hand, oxymorons is a combination of two contradictory or opposite words, however, may produce a dramatic effect but does not make a sense. Now, let me give you some of the most common examples of oxymorons. I know that you are excited to know some of them.
Here are some of the many good examples of oxymoron terms that you might have encounter: 99% done, a little too big, 99% pure, action plan, air field, almost done, almost here, almost empty, backside, bad luck, birth control, blameless criminal, blind sight, calculated mistake, canned fresh, cardinal sin, cat dog, catfish, certain risk, checkpoint, days night, deaf listener, dead spirits, dark light, defensive attack, diamond ring, diet cake, dim light, eggplant, elevator shoes, end of time, empty lots, and so on and so forth. There are more great oxymoron words and phrases that you can check but I don’t have enough space to give you all the lists from A-Z.