List of oxymora

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Oxymora fall into several classes. See Oxymoron for more details.

Please note that just because a phrase describes something non-existent that does not make it an oxymoron. "Partly pregnant" is an impossibility, not an oxymoron.


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Genuine oxymora

Phrases with an inherent contradiction.

Perceived oxymora

Which sound like a contradiction, often because of multiple possible meanings of one of the words.

Joke oxymora

These are phrases where a comic effect or opinion point is made by pretending that they are oxymora. For example, the joke is that by stating that "military intelligence" is an oxymoron you imply that the military machine is unintelligent. An almost infinite number1 of these can be constructed.

Footnotes

1 "Almost infinite" may possibly be itself an oxymoron, since no number other than infinity may be close to infinity. (Mathematicians do, however, recognize a large, perhaps infinite, number of distinct kinds of infinity, such as Aleph-null.)

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