Definitions for oxymoronˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-; -ˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ox•y•mo•ronˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-; -ˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə(n.)(pl.)-mo•ra
a figure of speech that uses seeming contradictions, as “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”
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.)
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.
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