clearly confused Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below. GeeScott Is this an oxmoronic phrase,” im going to kill u dead”? MartianM Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Clearly confused is not a real oxymoron, despite it frequently being used as an example of one. This could be rewritten “the confusion is evident”, which makes perfect sense. “Enlightened confusion” would be a better example.