For example if you said,'a beautiful tragedy', the words 'beautiful' and 'tragedy', are completely different things. What is the English concept of putting these two words together to describe something?

  • This is a good explanation for oxymoron
    – NVZ
    Feb 13 '16 at 18:55

Google defines oxymoron as "a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction".

A canonical example is "jumbo shrimp".

  • A true canonical example is 'government intelligence.'
    – Rob_Ster
    Feb 14 '16 at 4:36

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