Definition of Oxymoron

1. Noun. Conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence').

Generic synonyms: Figure, Figure Of Speech, Image, Trope



Definition of Oxymoron

1. n. A figure in which an epithet of a contrary signification is added to a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.

Definition of Oxymoron

1. Noun. (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect. ¹

2. Noun. (context: general) A contradiction in terms. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Oxymoron

1. a combination of contradictory or incongruous words [n -MORONS or -MORA]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oxymoron

oxyliums
oxylophyte
oxylophytes
oxyls
oxyluciferin
oxyluciferins
oxymel
oxymels
oxymesterone
oxymetazoline
oxymetazoline hydrochloride
oxymetholone
oxymethylene
oxymetry
oxymora
oxymoron (current term)
oxymoronic
oxymoronically
oxymorons
oxymorphone
oxymorphone hydrochloride
oxymuriate
oxymuriatic
oxymuriatic acid
oxymyoglobin
oxyneolignan
oxyneolignane
oxyneolignanes
oxyneolignans
oxynervone

Literary usage of Oxymoron

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1. Glossary of Terms and Phrases by Henry Percy Smith (1883)
"oxymoron. [Gr., pointedly foolish.] (A'/iet.) The application of paradoxical epithets to the subject of a proposition, often involving a kind of ..."

2. Higher Latin Prose by Henry William Auden (1898)
"oxymoron. oxymoron may be regarded as an extreme development of ... Closely allied to oxymoron is Litotes, properly the negativing of an opposite, ..."

3. A Handbook of English Composition by James Morgan Hart (1895)
"Antithesis; oxymoron.—Antithesis can scarcely be called a figure. It changes nothing in the nature ... MACAULAY : Comic Dramatists. (See \ 92.) 1 oxymoron ..."

4. Childe Harold by George Gordon Byron Byron, Henry Fanshawe Tozer (1885)
"oxymoron, or juxtaposition of apparently contradictory notions. This figure is employed, sometimes for purposes of irony, sometimes to produce pleasing ..."

5. Rhetoric: Or, A View of Its Principal Tropes and Figures with a Variety of by Thomas Gibbons (1767)
"oxymoron defined. § 2. Examples of it in common, ... POPE, YOUNG, and HORACE. § 4. In- fiances from Scripture. § 5. Remarks and cautions as to the oxymoron ..."

6. Much Bigger Than Grownups: Chronicles of a Native South Africanby Shelley Wood Gauld by Shelley Wood Gauld (2006)
"The term "Christian war" is, in essence, an oxymoron; the two words are inherently contradictory. The Roman military was particularly anti-Christian and in ..."

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