[ok-si-mawr-on, -mohr-] /ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ɒn, -ˈmoʊr-/
noun, plural oxymora
[ok-si-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh] /ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə/ (Show IPA), oxymorons. Rhetoric.
a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”.
noun (pl) -mora (-ˈmɔːrə)
(rhetoric) an epigrammatic effect, by which contradictory terms are used in conjunction: living death, fiend angelical
1650s, from Greek oxymoron, noun use of neuter of oxymoros (adj.) “pointedly foolish,” from oxys “sharp” (see acrid) + moros “stupid” (see moron). Rhetorical figure by which contradictory terms are conjoined so as to give point to the statement or expression; the word itself is an illustration of the thing. Now often used loosely to mean “contradiction in terms.” Related: Oxymoronic.
A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect: “She is just a poor little rich girl.”
[ok-si-mawr-fohn] /ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr foʊn/ noun, Pharmacology. 1. a potent semisynthetic morphine-derived narcotic analgesic, C 1 7 H 1 9 NO 4 , used as a substitute for morphine.
[ok-si-dey-shuh n-ri-duhk-shuh n] /ˌɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən rɪˈdʌk ʃən/ Chemistry noun 1. a chemical reaction between two substances in which one substance is oxidized and the other reduced. adjective 2. of or relating to such a reaction. noun 1. oxidation-reduction n. A chemical reaction in which an atom or ion loses electrons to another atom or […]
noun, Physical Chemistry. 1. (in a galvanic cell) the potential of the electrode at which oxidation occurs.
[ok-si-deyt] /ˈɒk sɪˌdeɪt/ Chemistry verb (used with or without object), oxidated, oxidating. 1. to . noun 2. Geochemistry. any of the class of sediments consisting chiefly of of iron or manganese. /ˈɒksɪˌdeɪt/ verb 1. another word for oxidize