Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Oxymoron'
n : conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
[also: oxymora (pl)]
- 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.
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[See more about Oxymoron at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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