Oxymoron / Paradox

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Oxymoron and paradox are two literary terms which are often confused with each other. An oxymoron is a description of something that comprises two contradictory terms, such as “jumbo shrimp” or “deafening silence.” A paradox on the other hand is a description of something that at first seems to make sense but then makes the reader reconsider because there is something strange about it. An example is “Seeing the dead body taught me about life,” or “By acting as if she didn’t care about him, he loved her even more.”

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