noun \ˌäk-sē-ˈmȯr-ˌän\

plural ox·y·mo·ra 

Definition of OXYMORON

: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (ascruel kindness); broadly : something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements
— ox·y·mo·ron·ic  adjective
— ox·y·mo·ron·i·cal·ly  adverb

Examples of OXYMORON

  1. The phrase “cruel kindness” is an oxymoron.
  2. The phrase “Broadway rock musical” is an oxymoron. Broadway doesn’t have the nerve to let the really hard stuff in the house. —Mark Coleman, Rolling Stone, 26 Dec. 1996/ 9 Jan. 1997
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Origin of OXYMORON

Late Greek oxymōron, from neuter of oxymōros pointedly foolish, from Greek oxys sharp, keen + mōros foolish

First Known Use: 1657
Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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