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I came across a Wikipedia page a few months ago that described a literary device that had two opposite words side by side in a sentence.

Unlike an oxymoron ("horribly kind", "run slow"), this page described words that were almost identical, but one word was the "un" of the other word. For example:

  • She was faithfully unfaithful to him

It is still a type of oxymoron, but I know the word I was thinking of to describe them that I read on the Wiki page was different.

Note: I'm not thinking of a tautology either. In the sentence above, "faithfully" adds more context to the unfaithful - she was faithful to her unfaithfulness.

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    You mean like an unwelcome welcome? I'd just say such usages are puns / wordplay. – FumbleFingers Aug 2 '17 at 12:15
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    'Contradictory' – Mitch Aug 2 '17 at 13:11
  • How about paradox (in the rhetorical sense)? – user888379 Aug 2 '17 at 15:16
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    "Oxymoron" hits the spot, as it does for "frameless frames" (either of the picture-hanging variety or of spectacles). I don't know of anything more specific. BTW, tautology is very much the opposite of oxymoron! – Toby Speight Oct 16 '18 at 10:14
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    Does this answer your question? A loud silence has ensued – Edwin Ashworth Mar 7 at 19:15
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You may be looking for juxtaposition:

The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

Source: Oxford

The act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect

Source: Merriam-Webster

The juxtaposition of two contrasting objects, images, or ideas is the fact that they are placed together or described together, so that the differences between them are emphasized.

Source: Collins

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Oxymoron, a figure of speech / literary device for such combinations: thunderous silence, sweet sorrow , deafening silence e.t.c

Please check Collins

Oxymoron:If you describe a phrase as an oxymoron, you mean that what it refers to combines two opposite qualities or ideas and therefore seems impossible.

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