- The definition of an oxymoron is a combination of contradictory words.
An example of oxymoron is "definite maybe."
Origin: LGr oxymōron from neuter of oxymōros, acutely silly: see oxy- and amp; moron
- oxymoronic adjective
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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.”