What does oxymoron mean?

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

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oxymoron

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oxymoron in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oxymoron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    Realistic dreamer is not an oxymoron.

  2. George Will:

    The phrase "domestic cat" is an oxymoron.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Talk about an oxymoron - low volatility equities.

  4. Nicholas Anderson:

    Military Intelligence' is an oxymoron, just like 'Government Organisation' is. A bloody game with no rules.

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