Definitions for oxymoronˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-; -ˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word oxymoron

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ox•y•mo•ronˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-; -ˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə(n.)(pl.)-mo•ra

  1. a figure of speech that uses seeming contradictions, as “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of oxymoron:

1650–60; < LGk oxýmōron, neut. of Gk oxýmōros pointedly foolish =oxý-oxy -1+mōrós dull (see moron )

ox•y•mo•ron•icˌɒk si məˈrɒn ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oxymoron(noun)

    conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')


  1. oxymoron(Noun)

    A figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect.

  2. oxymoron(Noun)

    A contradiction in terms.


  1. Oxymoron

    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.


Find a translation for the oxymoron definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these oxymoron definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"oxymoron." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 21 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for oxymoron?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for oxymoron: