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oxymoron


Civil debate should not be an oxymoron.
  seemingly contradictory words used together — such as "deafening silence" or "silent scream"
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oxymoron oxymoronic oxymorons oxymoronically
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  • Civil debate should not be an oxymoron.
  • As he looked around at the moon’s surface, Aldrin’s uttered his famous oxymoron, "Magnificent desolation."
  • " ’Math joke’ is an oxymoron, Fishhead, like ’cafeteria food’ or ’required volunteer community service.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Fun math is an oxymoron.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • …and told me exactly how to woo her because as we know from Katrina, Hassan is actually quite good at that stuff, and it worked and I loved her and she loved me and it lasted for three months, until NOV ember of tenth grade, when she finally broke up with me because she said, and I am quoting directly here, that I was both ’too smart and too dumb’ for her, which marked the beginning of Katherines having ridiculous, idiotic, and frequently oxymoronic reasons for breaking up with me.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The arm squeezes viciously around my throat, and I decide the term "angel of mercy" is an oxymoron.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "In literature the word ’oxymoron’ means which of the following?
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Simple grandeur, she thought, finding the oxymoron the perfect description of the ancient and the life going quietly on around it.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Bullhead City is a community in the oxymoronic, late-twentieth-century idiom.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Langdon thought it sounded impossibly oxymoronic.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • This seemed either deep or deeply oxymoronic.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • It is the penultimate oxymoron-a nonfactorable variable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I know that sounds like an oxymoron.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • Like they say, military intelligence is an oxymoron.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The phrase "a little genetic test" strikes me as an oxymoron.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Why the oxymoron?
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The kind that lets you embrace those internal contradictions that make up an entire, oxymoronic, complex, complete human being.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • According to paranormal investigators—an oxymoron if Jeremy had ever heard one—poltergeists were generally drawn to a particular person instead of a place.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
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Associated words [difficulty]:   oxymoron [7] , rhetoric [1] , allegory [5] , rhetorical question [5] , hyperbole [6] , consonant [8]
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