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Meaning of OXYMORON

Pronunciation:  `âksi'mowrân

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

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