What Is An Oxymoron?


Simple Definition:

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two contradictory or opposite words or ideas to create a new meaning. [Figure of speech means a way of using words that is not their literal meaning.]


  • Jumbo shrimp [Jumbo means very large; shrimp means a small seafood].
  • Bittersweet [Bitter means having a sharp taste; sweet means having a pleasant taste].

Very Simple Definition:

An oxymoron is a combination of words that have opposite meanings.


  • Silent scream [Silent means without sound; scream means a loud cry].

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