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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  • New Book: How To Retire While Working
    “Working retiree” seems like an oxymoron. Yet six in 10 retirees are concerned that they won't have enough money to sustain their retirement and would like to work during their retirement, according to a recent Gallup poll. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'
  • The Closing Of Central Banking's Economic Mind
    Government 'stimulus' is an economy-sapping oxymoron. Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'
  • Asheville Bioneers discuss religion and sustainability
    “Religion and sustainability — now there’s an oxymoron,” joked Rev. Steve Runholdt of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, one of three clergy who sat on the Nov. 19 panel “Religion & Sustainability: Views from the Bridge.” The presentation was part of the third annual “Taste of Bioneers” Conference held at the Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studie Read more on this news related to 'Oxymoron'

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