Oxymoron

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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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    OPINION: The coming election always brings a raft of tax policies for voters to digest and within these policies is normally the oxymoron “tax simplification”. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'
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  • FIFA and ethics: It's not an oxymoron
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