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A phrase combining two contradictory terms commonly reduced to two
words, usually in an adjective-noun ("eloquent silence") or
adverb-adjective ("inertly strong") relationship, and is used for
effect, to emphasize contrasts, incongruities, hypocrisy, or simply the
complex nature of reality.
Examples: wise fool, ignorantly learned, laughing sadness, pious hate, "Military Intelligence" "silent scream" "cafeteria food, Jumbo shrimp...
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