Oxymoron

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oxymoron

does an oxymoron have to contain two terms literally next to each other? for example, "pretty ugly" those two terms are together. would a phrase be considered an oxymoron if the terms were separated by a few words?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 02:38
Smoothest Roughness

Is "the smoothest roughness" an oxymoron?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 23:52
Oxymoron Example

The Little Giant

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:15
oxymorons

feather of lead
bright smoke
Tears of love

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 19:42
Little value doesn't seem

Little value doesn't seem like an oxymoron, as value is the term given of something's worth, not something of worth. So in this instance, the word value acts as more of a measurement than an adjective.

What's a better example of an oxymoron is pure evil, as purity and evil are on two different sides of the moral compass, there for exact opposites.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 01:32
wow

you are really smart and this is like the only sophisticated answer.

therefore

i like you:)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 05:00
stupid genious greedy

stupid genious
greedy giver
alone together
dull roar
deafening silence
pretty ugly
sweet pain
terrible love
jumbo shrimp
act natural
natural lie
cold as hell
bittersweet
living dead
freezer burn
perfect mess
little value
HOPE THIS HELPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 01:31
Sweet pangs

Is sweet pang an oxymoron?
It's from Twelfth Night by William Shakespear.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:16
Ni...sweet pangs is not an

Ni...sweet pangs is not an oxymoron.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:24
EG

Natural lie
deafening silence

Military intelligence isn't an oxymoron...

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 08:47
It somehow makes sense

It somehow makes sense

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:51
Awesome oxymoroms

Military intelligence is the only good oxymoron. That and jumbo shrimp.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 19:15
Is it?

Is sweat pain an oxymoron?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 06:12
oxymoron

would 'ruggedy smooth' be an oxymoron?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 21:09
cool oxymoron

this is a cool one: "Its as cold as hell out here!"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 03:36
oxymorons

Oxymorons are two oppisite meanings in one word.
Ex:
-bittersweet
-alone together
-living dead
-freezer burn

...i think you get the idea

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 01:23
It shows two "CONTRADICTING

It shows two "CONTRADICTING WORDS"
Like " bittersweet, act naturally"
Bitter and sweet are opposite words but they somehow just match together. You dont act and acting "naturally" is kinda stupid. But still it makes sense as per the given cntext thus it is an oxymoron.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 16:59
lol

Biggie smalls or a big guy named tiny

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 03:12
beautiful nonsense

beautiful nonsense

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 08:12
???

What would "terror of ecstasy" be? An oxymoron or a paradox?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 00:25
Great Examples

Deafening Silence

Perfect Mess

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 05:02
Oxymorons are...

Oxymorons are hard to use, right? Is it like sarcasm?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 00:33
Hmm...

I daresay not.
Like,
Awfully good: This pizza tastes awfully good.
Is that sarcasm?
No, I don't really think so.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:52
not really...

They aren't really hard to use, they just make it look difficult by correcting each other over and over, though, I do agree that military intelligence is not an oxymoron.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 06:56
maybe...

I have a suggestion that you should make this site easier for younger childeren to study. like ages 6-13 for better understanding you know!!!

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 05:29
Would terrible beauty be an

Would terrible beauty be an oxymoron? It's a phrase from Yeats' Easter 1916 poem.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 05:44
Military isnt a oxymoron

"Military Intelligenc0"e isnt a oxymoron "jumbo shrimp" and "pretty ugly" are the only oxymorons

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 02:58
P.S military intelligence is

P.S military intelligence is sorta not, but french military intelligence sorta is

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 11:50
Pretty ugly is not really an

Pretty ugly is not really an oxymoron, because in that case, pretty doesn't mean beautiful, it means very.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:50
Neaaarllly....not quite tho...

Yes I understand where you are coming from but with oxymoron's you are meant to take the two words as having separate meanings, not one meaning together.
Pretty on it's own in the correct context means attractive, as the word pretty is never used just to say 'very'. If using the word 'pretty' as 'very' then 'pretty' need to be followed by a describing word. EG. To describe something as disgusting using 'pretty' you need to say pretty gross. You can't just say how ugly is that dog? And someone replies "Pretty" meaning very. DOESN'T WORK.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 07:22
Not true

Pretty is the opposite of ugly, so it is oxymoron. Another example: Awfully good

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:50
Not true

Pretty, in this case, means "sort of", not "beautiful", so it isn't an oxymoron.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:33
N O

that person is right, "awfully" is another example, u just priced yourself wrong because, (it is popular in the way british people speak) using the word awfully means very because the word has a double meaning

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 04:56
Irony...

So then it's basically like irony?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 01:58
no not really

no not really

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 03:02
The Ultimate Oxymoron

The only oxymoron on this whole page is "Military Intelligence".

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 15:52
How

How?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 22:31
How so?

Please explain to us how "Military intelligence" is the ultimate oxymoron throughout this whole page.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 14:58
He's joking about how the

He's joking about how the military doesn't seem very intelligent at times.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:03
what they put IS an

what they put IS an oxymoron....look at the end of the quote. it says "little value".
airplane food and military food aren't oxymorons although jumbo shrimp and pretty ugly are.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 02:13
this is wrong

An oxymoron would not be what you put for your first example. Some examples of oxymorons are:
jumbo shrimp
airplane food
pretty ugly
military intelligence

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 19:09
...airplane food?

...airplane food?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 21:49
Don't ever forget...

sleep walking

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 02:14
i agree

its correct oxymorons are : good bad bitter sweat

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 16:12
typo

u mean bitter sweet not bitter sweat

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 14:08
or bittersweet

or bittersweet

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:55
or same difference

or same difference

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:30
in reality those aren't

in reality those aren't oxymorons, the only one would be maybe jumbo shrimp

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:21
Ex.

Dull roar

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 01:54

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