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oxymoron

Syllabification: ox·y·mo·ron
Pronunciation: /ˌäksəˈmôrˌän
 
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Definition of oxymoron in English:

noun

A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).
Example sentences
  • Yes, but it does leave a reader ever more certain that the term ‘mature male’ is an oxymoron.
  • One day I sat her down to explain to her the word oxymoron and then to describe a magnificent and bucolic world of insults.
  • The idea of a light of darkness is certainly an oxymoron, certainly a contradiction in terms, and yet we find that among various mystics.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek oxumōron, neuter (used as a noun) of oxumōros 'pointedly foolish', from oxus 'sharp' + mōros 'foolish'.

Derivatives

oxymoronic

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Pronunciation: /-məˈränik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • As their name suggests, ‘romances of real life’ denote a self-consciously oxymoronic genre.
  • This might sound oxymoronic, but the fact is relaxation has turned into an aggressive sport.
  • It is that tension between safety and satire that has traditionally rendered oxymoronic the very notion of corporate comedy.

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