- The definition of an oxymoron is a combination of contradictory words.
An example of oxymoron is "definite maybe."
oxymoron definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Late Greek oxymōron ; from neuter of oxymōros, acutely silly: see oxy- and amp; moron
- oxymoronic adjective
oxymoron definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ox·y·mo·ra or ox·y·mo·rons
Origin: Greek oxumōron, from neuter of oxumōros, pointedly foolish : oxus, sharp; see oxygen + mōros, foolish, dull.
- oxˌy·mo·ronˈic adjective
- oxˌy·mo·ronˈi·cal·ly adverb
oxymoron - Cultural Definition
A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect: “She is just a poor little rich girl.”