Tragic yet beautiful; Pretty yet ugly; Cold yet sweating; Hot yet shivering; Scary yet funny; Serious yet funny;

What are these called? phrases with the word yet


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They aren't specifically dealing with the word "yet," but whenever you describe something with 2 seemingly contradictory (opposite) terms, it's called an oxymoron.


-Jumbo shrimp

-Deafening silence

-Growing smaller

-Original copy

-Passive aggressive

-Small crowd

Hope this helps!

  • I would say they are not oxymorons. The examples you listed, which are oxymoronic, are different than the those in the question; the examples in the question are more akin to juxtaposition, IMHO.
    – tidbertum
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 19:55
  • I agree with tidbertum
    – Tuffy
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 22:22

I don't know that there's anything special about the word yet. You've listed some adjectival phrases, in which yet functions as a conjunction largely synonymous with but.


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