A rhetorical figure where incongruous or contradictory terms tend to be combined, like in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
A figure of message where two words with opposing meanings are used collectively intentionally for impact.
A contradiction in terms.
A figure which an epithet of a contrary signification is put into a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.
In rhetoric, a figure consisting in contributing to a word an epithet or certification evidently contradictory; as a whole, close link of two words apparently in opposition to both (because, cruel kindness; to produce haste slowly); an expression made epigrammatic or pointed by appearing self-contradictory.
conjoining contradictory terms (as with `deafening silence')