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ox·y·mo·ron

 (ŏk′sē-môr′ŏn′)
n. pl. ox·y·mo·rons or ox·y·mo·ra (-môr′ə)
A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

[Greek (attested only in Latin sources) oxumōron, an expression that is witty because paradoxical, from neuter of *oxumōros, pointedly foolish : Greek oxus, sharp, keen; see oxygen + mōros, dull, foolish.]

ox′y·mo·ron′ic (-mə-rŏn′ĭk) adj.
ox′y·mo·ron′i·cal·ly adv.

oxymoron

(ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn)
n, pl -mora (-ˈmɔːrə)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rhetoric an epigrammatic effect, by which contradictory terms are used in conjunction: living death; fiend angelical.
[C17: via New Latin from Greek oxumōron, from oxus sharp + mōros stupid]

ox•y•mo•ron

(ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-)

n., pl. -mo•ra (-ˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə)
a figure of speech that uses seeming contradictions, as “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”
[1650–60; < Late Greek oxýmōron, neuter of Greek oxýmōros pointedly foolish =oxý- oxy-1 + mōrós dull (see moron)]
ox•y•mo•ron•ic (ˌɒk si məˈrɒn ɪk) adj.

oxymoron

a rhetorical device or figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite words or concepts are combined for effect. — oxymoronic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices

oxymoron

1. The use of contradictory terms together to create an effect, such as in ”sweet conqueror.”
2. A statement combining two conflicting terms for effect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oxymoron - conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')oxymoron - conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
Translations
oxymóron
oksymoron
refhvörf
oxymorum
oxímoro
oximoron
oxymorón
oxymoronsjälvmotsägelse
oksimoron

oxymoron

[ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn] N (oxymora (pl)) [ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrə]oxímoron m

oxymoron

[ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn] noxymore m

oxymoron

nOxymoron nt
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