—a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear in conjunction.

It's used to create a dramatic effect or to highlight complex truths through contradiction.

Examples include ‘deafening silence' and ‘bittersweet.'

“A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on!”
“I distinctly remember forgetting that!”

I always keep a paper chart and navigating tools on board when I go because ‘marine electronics' is an .

Describing a reconciliation as ‘a cruel kindness' can evoke the pain and necessity of tough love.

In speech and , an can add flavor to your language and make your points more .