What's the opposite of oxymoron? That is, two words put together that seem identical?
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I'm not quite sure how the use of one word can be coincident with another per M-W's definition, but looking at pleonasms.com, one sees these nuggets:
I'd say pleonasm comes the closest to being the antonym of oxymoron, in spirit if not in truth.
Try tautology. @alain-pannetier also made a good suggestion in the comments with pleonasm. The Wikipedia page explains the difference.
These are nice, but only somewhat related to what I assume the original question is getting at, that is if an good example of an oxymoron is an expression that involves both a punned contradiction and an ironic contrast to the original term; the opposite or the reverse of an oxymoron might be an expression which involves a pun and an ironic reinforcement of the original meaning of the expression. If "military intelligence" is a good oxymoron, "contempt of Congress" might be an example of the opposite.
pleonasm and tautology imply reinforcement and redundancy, but paronomasia doesn't.
There is no opposite, the word internalizes opposites, its own contradictions. It'd be like making a black & white negative image of a chessboard.
protected by Jasper Loy Jul 11 '12 at 11:40
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