Oxymoron – definition for kids

ox·y·mo·ron

Pronunciation: secondarystressäk-si-primarystressmomacrr-secondarystressän, -primarystressmodotr-
Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural oxymorons  also ox·y·mo·ra /-primarystressmomacrr-schwa, -primarystressmodotr-schwa/
Etymology: from Greek oxymomacrros “pointedly foolish,” from Greekoxys “sharp, keen” and momacrros “foolish”
: a combination of contradictory words (as cruel kindness)

Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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