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    Mildly infuriating

    I love this subredit; it's about things that drive people crazy, but only a bit because it's not a big deal after all. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of mildly and infuriating. I think it's beautiful.

    What do you call this? I think it isn't an oxymoron, but there's something similar to it. Instead of combining words that are contradictory or antonymous, what we have here is a combination of a hyperbolically strong word (infuriating) with a word meant to weaken the word (mildly).

    What do you call this?

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    #2

    Re: Mildly infuriating

    Understatement?

    However, you're right- it is a gem.

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    #3

    Re: Mildly infuriating

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    it is a gem.
    That's an understatement.

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    #4

    Re: Mildly infuriating

    Understated annoyance.

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    #5

    Re: Mildly infuriating

    Sometimes this is referred to as 'triggered' or 'triggering', as in it triggers your OCD.
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