conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
A figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect.
A contradiction in terms.
An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as ground pilot and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ok-si-mō′ron, n. a figure of speech, by means of which two ideas of opposite meaning are combined, so as to form an expressive phrase or epithet, as cruel kindness, falsely true, &c. [Gr.,—oxys, sharp, mōros, foolish.]
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The numerical value of oxymoron in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of oxymoron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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- oxímoronCatalan, Valencian
- οξύμωρο σχήμα, ὀξύμωρονGreek
- استعمال کلمات مرکب Persian
- keekeeli, oxymoreFrench
- նրբաբանություն, օքսիմորոնArmenian
- оксюморон, оксиморонRussian
- oxymoron, självmotsägelseSwedish
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