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Oxymoron vs. Contradiction — What's the Difference?

Oxymoron vs. Contradiction — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Oxymoron and Contradiction

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Oxymoron

An oxymoron (usual plural oxymorons, more rarely oxymora) is a figure of speech that juxtaposes concepts with opposing meanings within a word or phrase that creates an ostensible self-contradiction. An oxymoron can be used as a rhetorical device to illustrate a rhetorical point or to reveal a paradox.
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Contradiction

In traditional logic, a contradiction occurs when a proposition conflicts either with itself or established fact. It is often used as a tool to detect disingenuous beliefs and bias.
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Oxymoron

A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
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Contradiction

The act or an instance of contradicting
The witness's contradiction of other testimony.
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Oxymoron

(rhetoric) A figure of speech in which two words or phrases with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect.
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Contradiction

The state of being contradicted
A supervisor who cannot tolerate contradiction from any subordinate.
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Oxymoron

A contradiction in terms.
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Contradiction

An inconsistency or discrepancy
"Surprisingly few people saw a contradiction between freedom for whites and bondage for slaves" (Adam Hochschild).
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Oxymoron

A figure in which an epithet of a contrary signification is added to a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.
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Contradiction

Inconsistency; discrepancy
Practices that are in contradiction to human rights.
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Oxymoron

Conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
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Contradiction

One that contains elements that oppose or conflict with one another
The phrase "an unmarried husband" is a contradiction in terms.
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Contradiction

The act of contradicting.
His contradiction of the proposal was very interesting.
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Contradiction

(countable) A statement that contradicts itself, i.e., a statement that claims that the same thing is true and that it is false at the same time and in the same senses of the terms.
There is a contradiction in Clarence Page's statement that a woman should have the right to choose and decide for herself whether to have an abortion and at the same time she should not have that right.
There is a contradiction in what you say: she can't be both married and single.
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Contradiction

(countable) A logical inconsistency among two or more elements or propositions.
Marx believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to socialism.
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Contradiction

A proposition that is false for all values of its propositional variables or Boolean atoms.
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Contradiction

An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying.
His fair demandsShall be accomplished without contradiction.
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Contradiction

Direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency; incongruity or contrariety; one who, or that which, is inconsistent.
Can he make deathless death? That were to makeStrange contradiction.
We state our experience and then we come to a manly resolution of acting in contradiction to it.
Both parts of a contradiction can not possibly be true.
Of contradictions infinite the slave.
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Contradiction

Opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
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Contradiction

(logic) a statement that is necessarily false;
The statement `he is brave and he is not brave' is a contradiction
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Contradiction

The speech act of contradicting someone;
He spoke as if he thought his claims were immune to contradiction
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