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    Default is there a description of this kind of combination?

    martyr docile or innocent condemned

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    Literal translation?

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    no i suppose i meant is it an oxymoron or a synonym (i know its not one of those) but has it a description like that?thanks

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    What combination are you asking about - all five words?
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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    martyr docile
    innocent condanmé
    its just the combination of the words, in the first and the second above, it seems strange to me and i thought there might be a descriptive term for them.

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    Why wouldn't a martyr be docile?

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    Quote Originally Posted by dustfree View Post
    martyr docile
    innocent condanmé
    its just the combination of the words, in the first and the second above, it seems strange to me and i thought there might be a descriptive term for them.

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    Default Re: is there a description of this kind of combination?

    Quote Originally Posted by dustfree View Post
    martyr docile
    innocent condanmé
    its just the combination of the words, in the first and the second above, it seems strange to me and i thought there might be a descriptive term for them.
    I can see your idea, but I don't think that the pairs are united- there's a wrong in condemning an innocent - not an oxymoron but there's something going on there - but I don't see why martyrs shouldn't be docile as there's an element of meekness and acceptance in some of the cases.

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