Oxymoron – Examples and Definition of Oxymoron
Definition of oxymoron
A combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)broadly : something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements
• He calls himself a “bleeding-heart conservative,” and that oxymoron sums up the unique [Jack F.] Kemp role in the Bush Administration: the apostle of free enterprise who is the ambassador to the poor.
— William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 25 Mar. 1990
• As the war went on, “precision bombing” became a comical oxymoron relished by bomber crews with a sense of black humor.— Paul Fussell, Wartime, 1989