I have also asked this in ELL, but I'm taking a risk (may be closed very soon) to ask it here again since I'm not getting enough response.

I just have a bizarre thought, though I can't say where will be I using this! So basically oxymoron is use of combining of two contradictory terms that would produce a seemingly incongruous meaning.

But can anyone tell me is there a word that "oxymoronifies" (I think I just created that word) the word oxymoron itself. Opposite of oxymoron doesn't quite hold the meaning.

I can think of prominent oxymoron.

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    Is it pleonastic oxymoron or oxymoronic pleonasm?
    – Kris
    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:22
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    Look up the antonyms for contradiction in a thesaurus. Turn any of them into an adjective. e.g. Accordant oxymoron. Jan 3, 2014 at 11:22
  • @MattЭллен Most of the time the answer is not as far as the thesaurus even, it could be right here on ELU.
    – Kris
    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:23
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    How about "tautology," as in oxymoronic tautology/tautological oxymoron? Jan 3, 2014 at 13:14
  • I think this is a somewhat meaninglessly meaningful (or meaningfully meaningless) question. The whole point of the word oxymoron is to identify incorrect pairings of incompatible terms. Depending on how you look at it, the "opposite" of oxymoron is either @James's tautology, or perhaps a "stormy petrel" (as in fine fettle, where you almost never encounter any fettle that isn't fine). Jan 3, 2014 at 14:45

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Oxymoron is Greek for "sharp dull". The word itself is a "oxymoron", so that is your answer. The English word for an oxymoron is oxymoron.

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