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[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.
oxymoron [(ok-see-mawr-on)]

A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect: “She is just a poor little rich girl.”


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