27 Disgustingly Good Examples of Oxymorons
Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two contradictory terms are combined in order to create a rhetorical effect. The word oxymoron is derived from the Greek for pointedly foolish (oxys – sharp/keen and moros - foolish). The common oxymoron phrase is a combination of an adjective proceeded by a noun with contrasting meanings. Oxymorons are extremely useful in written English because they can make effective titles, add dramatic effects, add flavour to speech, and sometimes can be used to achieve a comedic effect.
Here are some examples of oxymorons in sentences -
- She was clearly misunderstood in the discussion.
- The accountant gave them an exact estimate of the expenses.
- The movie doesn’t seem to be great as there’s a small crowd for it.
- Please look effortless on the stage and act naturally.
- They have a love hate relationship.
- Her singing was enough to raise the living dead.
- Her room had almost everything – it looked like a fine mess.
- Can you bring the original copies of your certificates?
- His new girlfriend looks pretty ugly.
- Their glasses were fully empty.
- Their affair has been an open secret for the past six months.
- Tragic comedy is my favourite genre in theatre.
- Be careful, the cylinder contains liquid gas.
- The child impressed everyone by his foolish wisdom.
- This shop has a genuine imitation of Rolex watches.
- That stand-up comedian was seriously funny.
- Deal with this, it’s a minor crisis.
- I let out a silent scream as I saw the cat carrying a dead rat.
- I had to make an unbiased opinion after the argument.
- The constant variable is the one that does not change.
- Losing weight by having green tea is a true myth.
- His story was deeply superficial that we couldn’t believe.
- The judges were terribly pleased by her dance audition.
- I can’t make any promises but it is a definite possibility.
- The truck would’ve hit him hard but he was awfully lucky!
- There is seldom value to old news.
- They were standing in the rain alone together.
Some oxymorons can be very funny, sarcastic and, cynical; our favourite is ‘Happily married’.