Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to an oxymoron, in which contradictory terms are combined.

Etymologies

oxymoron +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Breath and vibration, breaking into this silent visual scene, suggest that something speechlike has happened to the representation of the Poet's desire, in oxymoronic tension with the "mute thoughts on the mute walls around" (120).

    _Alastor_, Apostasy, and the Ecology of Criticism

  • To put the words "efficiency" and the EU in the same sentence can only be described as oxymoronic or, if you like, simply moronic.

    And so they drivel on

  • I was wondering what idiot coined the oxymoronic "socialist-conservative," then I saw it was you, of course, trying to put a lame liberal spin on what your socialist-loving buddies are doing down in Arizona.

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  • "Conservative rebel" is almost oxymoronic, which is why William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan stood out so much.

    Video Meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor

  • The term is kind of oxymoronic, since it is clear that by resorting to war and to threats of war, and by squandering unprecedented sums of money on the military, eight years of bellicosity has not made the nation more secure.

    Foreign Policy and National Security Are Not the Same Thing

  • The word 'real' and Beverly Hills are kind of oxymoronic,'' he says over the phone.

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  • It seems kind of oxymoronic to describe geologic time in terms of "boom and bust" cycles, just as it seems kind of ridiculous to discuss an apparently suicidal planet that has managed to stick on for some 4.5 billion years.

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  • India and US however have denied the claim as an "oxymoronic" and pathetic effort to get back at India and divert attention from the 26 / 11 investigations.

    TheSpoof.com : Spoof News : Front Page

  • As an 'oxymoronic' :) neolibertarian, I would have thought that intervention would be quite easy to justify: Mugabe or rather the coterie behind him) is engaging in things that even Stalinists might find hard to justify...

    "Violence works. Economics does not."

  • I know, I know, you’re thinking, “But John, aren’t ‘Liberal Mormon’ and ‘Mormon Intellectual’ kind of oxymoronic?”

    Liberal Mormon Litmus Test. | Mind on Fire

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  • I've heard of some really clever oxymorons, but they are still described as oxymoronic. How does that work?

    May 12, 2009