The virus crisis has produced many sentiments of the sort “Nobody is alone in being alone”. This makes me wonder if I am reading a paradox or an oxymoron. Where does the boundary (if any) between the meanings of these words lie, and which side of it is my statement? Previous discussion on this site is not definitive because it tended to repeat definitions of these and other related words without considering fully the overlaps of meaning. Considering the following definitions I incline towards oxymoron but feel myself on soft ground in doing so.
Paradox = a statement or situation that may be true but seems impossible or difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics
Paradox = a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. Or = a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
Oxymoron = a phrase or statement that seems to say two opposite things
Oxymoron = a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)
broadly: something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements