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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Oxymoron'

Oxymoron Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    oxymoron n : conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence') [also: oxymora (pl)]
Oxymoron Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Oxymoron \Ox`y*mo"ron\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ???, fr. ??? pointedly foolish; ??? sharp + ??? foolish.] (Rhet.) A figure in which an epithet of a contrary signification is added to a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Oxymoron'

An oxymoron (plural oxymorons or oxymora) (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, "sharp dull") is a figure of speech that combines normally-contradictory terms. Oxymorons appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as extremely average and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox.

The most common form of oxymoron involves an adjective-noun combination of two words. For example, the following line from Tennyson's Idylls of the King contains two oxymorons:

Other oxymorons of this kind include the following:

Less often seen are noun-verb combinations of two words, such as the line

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Oxymoron Sample Sentences in News

  • ‘Permanent contractuals’ in government increasing
    “The term is an oxymoron but it is what best describes the situation of many government employees.” – Ferdinand Gaite, Courage Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'
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    Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have to be an oxymoron. In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'
  • Golden daze
    The phrase “English summer” is an oxymoron, or possibly a joke. This is due to the weather, which is usually terrible, or at least was before climate change made London bake in August; and the national character, which is, on the whole, depressive. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'

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