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When you use an antonym in a phrase: "this is seriously hilarious," what is this phrase called?

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Oxymoron — an apparent contradiction. A classic oxymoron is "Military Intelligence".

I first read "seriously" in the example as meaning "very", which could turn the sentence into an example of sarcasm, depending on context.

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If you're going to cite "military intelligence," we may as well add "honest politician" and "objective journalist." :^) –  J.R. May 15 '12 at 7:42
    
"Jumbo shrimp" is even odder than "living dead". –  David Schwartz May 15 '12 at 9:19
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