contradiction in terms
- A phrase or expression in which the component words contradict one another, often unintentionally, or are claimed to do so when seen from a particular point of view.
- "A miniature giant" is a contradiction in terms.
- See the usage notes at oxymoron
- oxymoron (considered incorrect in formal usage – see the usage notes at oxymoron)
- contradictio in terminis
expression in which components contradict one another