noun, plural ox·y·mo·ra [ok-si-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh], /ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə/, ox·y·mor·ons.Rhetoric.
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Origin of oxymoron
OTHER WORDS FROM oxymoronox·y·mo·ron·ic [ok-see-muh-ron-ik], /ˌɒk si məˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for oxymoron
Before you protest that the phrase is an oxymoron, remember that we’re in the midst of a pandemic whose scope we couldn’t have imagined a little over a year ago.Will the Pandemic Spawn a New Genre of Cult Classics? Barb and Star Suggests Yes|Stephanie Zacharek|March 6, 2021|Time
Among scientists, scientific certainty is an oxymoron and the bar for even approaching certainty is extremely high.Is there really a ‘science of reading’ that tells us exactly how to teach kids to read?|Valerie Strauss|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
Being a progressive safety first marketer shouldn’t be an oxymoron in the current climate — but it is.As YouTube adopts new standards, the transition from brand safety to suitability is accelerating|Seb Joseph|October 22, 2020|Digiday
That means participatory machine learning is, for now, an oxymoron.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning|Amy Nordrum|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
British Dictionary definitions for oxymoron
noun plural -mora (-ˈmɔːrə)
Word Origin for oxymoron
Cultural definitions for oxymoron
A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect: “She is just a poor little rich girl.”