64 Examples of Oxymorons in Sentences

Oxymoron signs placed side by side

Oxymorons are figures of speech in which two contradictory terms are combined in order to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means. The word oxymoron is derived from the Greek for pointedly foolish (oxys = sharp/keen and moros = foolish). Oxymorons are extremely useful in written English because they can make effective titles, add dramatic effect, add flavor to speech, and can sometimes be used to achieve a comedic effect. Here is a comprehensive list of 64 examples of oxymorons in sentences. In each example, the oxymoron is underlined.

Examples of Oxymorons in Sentences

  1. This is another fine mess you have got us into.
  2. There is a real love hate relationship developing between the two of them.
  3. Suddenly the room filled with a deafening silence.
  4. The comedian was seriously funny.
  5. You are clearly confused by the situation you have found yourself in.
  6. Her singing was enough to raise the living dead.
  7. Do you have the original copies that we requested?
  8. This is a genuine imitation Rolex watch.
  9. I really would like to try that new jumbo shrimp restaurant.
  10. His new girlfriend really is pretty ugly.
  11. Sorry, I can’t help you out right now, I am involved in my own minor crisis.
  12. Give me the fifty dollars you owe me or pay for dinner, it’s the same difference.
  13. My trip to Bali was very much a working holiday.
  14. I let out a silent scream as the cat walked through the door carrying a dead bird.
  15. You are going to have to use proofreading services, it is your only choice.
  16. The seventies was the era of free love.
  17. I will ask the professor for his unbiased opinion.
  18. The constant variable is the one that does not change.
  19. The sermon lasted for an endless hour.
  20. We laughed and cried through the tragic comedy.
  21. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
  22. They couldn’t wait to get out alone together.
  23. We’ll use plastic glasses at the picnic.
  24. The student teacher explained how to complete dissertation editing.
  25. The gossip is old news.
  26. The lady he eventually married is painfully beautiful.
  27. Wow! This ice cream is disgustingly delicious.
  28. Be careful in the playground, run slowly.
  29. Your apple pie is awfully good.
  30. A small crowd gathered to watch the concert.
  31. It’s an open secret that they have been having an affair for the past six months.
  32. He has a real passive aggressive personality.
  33. You were awfully lucky to escape the car crash unscathed.
  34. Stop being a big baby.
  35. I am sure I am growing smaller as I get older.
  36. She is my least favorite relation.
  37. The story was based on the concept of  a true myth.
  38. That is an example of the typically weird behavior she continually demonstrates.
  39. He has become an extremely unpopular celebrity.
  40. I’m on a heavy diet until my wedding day.
  41. I am a deeply superficial person.
  42. I like a smuggler. He is the only honest thief.
  43. Good grief, we’re really late.
  44. I can’t make any promises but it’s a definite possibility.
  45. She was terribly pleased with her Birthday present.
  46. The army returned friendly fire as the enemy approached.
  47. He installed the new wireless cable in the television room.
  48. He was forced to stand down from his position as president.
  49. There will be zero tolerance in the future.
  50. I had no choice but to do what I was told.


Funny, Sarcastic and Cynical Oxymorons:

  1. Microsoft Works
  2. Military intelligence
  3. Government organization
  4. American history
  5. Business ethics
  6. Butt Head
  7. Temporary tax increase
  8. Twelve-ounce pound cake
  9. Express Mail
  10. Marital bliss
  11. Congressional ethics
  12. Airline Food
  13. President Bush
  14. Peace Keeper Missile

Can you think of any examples of oxymorons in sentences? Leave a comment and share them with us all.

For more figurative language examples, see our guide to onomatopoeia.


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  • Anonymous December 6, 2012 1:34 am

    How is “free love” an oxymoron?

    • david January 8, 2018 1:32 am

      Your an oxymoron….haha…anonymous….but you leave a photo!!

      • nicola June 8, 2018 10:53 am



    • sascha January 21, 2018 11:28 pm

      love is always an investment in another :—)

  • Sheila Torres Culagbang January 14, 2013 9:07 am


    • Jaceeya October 30, 2018 11:28 pm

      I like it

  • jonna November 27, 2013 10:18 am

    the seventies of the era was free love

  • abegail February 7, 2014 6:48 pm

    ahhhhhhhh funny!!!

  • claire February 15, 2015 5:51 pm

    wht are the different types of oxymoron

    • shiva November 13, 2015 3:27 am

      Does we have different types of oxymoron

  • Hiteshi Mirchandani February 22, 2015 1:51 pm

    Happily Married! :P

    • Vappingo February 22, 2015 8:04 pm

      Love it! Thanks.

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  • S. A. Banerjee December 25, 2017 9:52 pm

    “oxymoron” is itself an oxymoron it means – clever foolishness.

  • richard January 14, 2018 5:37 am

    Political correctness has to be the biggest one of all! (or is it just a plain lie?)

  • tch January 17, 2018 8:07 am

    Define a “good christian trump supporter”?

    • Billy June 14, 2018 8:19 am

      It would be similar to “morally superior hiLIARy supporter”.

  • UWAKMFON JOSEPH January 17, 2018 11:05 pm

    I watched the event from the dangerous safety of a tower

  • Sampson dute February 9, 2018 7:45 am

    What abt bitter truf?

  • Sampson dute February 9, 2018 7:48 am

    Stop work

  • Maurice February 12, 2018 8:20 am

    I’ve learnt something atleast

  • why do u need to know this February 22, 2018 1:37 am

    is uninvited guest an oxymoron?

    • Vappingo March 19, 2018 4:22 am

      Yes :)

    • Nonie May 13, 2018 1:56 am

      She shouted! If my father were alive he’d turn in his grave at the sight of you 😂

  • mark brian trewick March 12, 2018 8:33 am

    Humane slaughter.

  • R.C. March 17, 2018 6:26 pm

    Common Sense (it’s so rare!!!)

  • Anony Mouse June 2, 2018 8:32 am

    “Texas justice” (in the cynical category)

  • Paul Parker July 19, 2018 1:30 pm

    I went for tech help. He spent the entire 30 minutes telling me what a good listener he was!

  • Mike Herman July 21, 2018 10:04 am

    Liberal think tank.

  • Mike Herman July 21, 2018 10:09 am

    Ice water

  • Mike Herman July 21, 2018 10:11 am

    Metal wood

  • Jennifer Tibbitt July 23, 2018 9:37 am

    Is victim´s rights an oxymoron?

  • Jennifer Tibbitt July 23, 2018 9:39 am

    * victims´

  • UDEME DOMINION August 18, 2018 4:33 am

    I really love this site cus it stirredup my brain immune system

  • Mabi October 27, 2018 10:33 pm

    Really helped me

  • kiki November 7, 2018 11:41 am

    is mere yard an oxymorn

  • Killian Viehmeyer November 13, 2018 5:34 am

    Black is my favorite color.

  • Bola November 14, 2018 9:19 pm

    Is “I disagree to agree” an oxymoron?

  • Bola November 14, 2018 9:20 pm

    Is “I disagree to agree” an oxymoron??

  • The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show December 4, 2018 4:35 am

    Donald J Trump, President of the Divided States of America = Oxymoron

  • Dave Oppedal December 6, 2018 5:48 am

    government worker and religious scholar

  • pratibha December 18, 2018 6:57 pm

    intellectual rubbish

  • Tatum December 22, 2018 4:27 am

    Civil war

  • Michael December 23, 2018 9:26 am

    Liquid Gas

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