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Meaning of OXYMORON

Pronunciation:  `âksi'mowrân

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
 

OXYMORON is a 8 letter word that starts with O.

 

 See Also: figure, figure of speech, image, trope

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: absurdity, ambiguity, ambivalence, antinomy, asymmetry, crux, dilemma, disproportion, disproportionateness, enigma, equivocality, equivocation, Gordian knot, heresy, heterodoxy, heterogeneity, hopelessness, impossibility, impossible, impossibleness, incoherence, incommensurability, incompatibility, inconceivability, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, irony, irreconcilability, knot, knotty point, no chance, node, nodus, nonconformability, nonconformity, nonplus, paradox, perplexity, pons asinorum, poser, puzzle, quandary, self-contradiction, teaser, the impossible, unconformability, unconformity, unimaginability, unorthodoxy, unthinkability, vexed question, what cannot be, what cannot happen
 

 

 

 

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