Oxymoron

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Oxymoron Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence'')

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  • conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')

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Oxymoron Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An oxymoron is a term for a figure of speech. It is made up of two or more words that seem to be opposite to each other, or actually are opposite.

For example, the words "Wise fool", "Warm freezer", "Legal murder" all have two words. In each one, the one word looks like the opposite of the other word.

You can have words that look opposite, but are right. For example, a "warm freezer" could be right. A freezer could be warm if it was turned off or left open.

The word oxymoron is an oxymoron; 'oxy' comes from the Greek word that means 'sharp', while 'moron' comes from the Greek word that means 'dull'.



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  • ‘Military intelligence is an oxymoron
    If it’s true that a P250-million ransom was paid for the German kidnap victims Viktor Stefan Okonek, 71, and Henrike Dielen, 55, then the bandit group Abu Sayyaf got a windfall. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'

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