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Which of the Following Statements is Not an Example of Oxymoron? - English Language

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Following questions are based on the various Figures of Speech.

Which of the following statements is not an example of Oxymoron?

Options

  • Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.

  • Speech is silvern, but silence is golden.

  • She accepted it as the kind cruelty of the surgeon’s knife.

  • Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

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Solution

She accepted it as the kind cruelty of the surgeon’s knife.

Explanation:

Options Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more, Speech is silvern, but silence is golden and Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice are examples of antithesis. In antithesis, a striking contrast of words or sentiments is expressed in the same sentence.  An oxymoron is a special form of antithesis, whereby two contradictory qualities are predicted at once of the same thing. Option c is an example of an oxymoron.  “kind cruelty” contains two incongruous or contradictory words that are placed next to each other.

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