noun (classical plural oxymora; Anglicized plural oxymorons)
- A figure of speech in which two words of opposing meanings are used together to express two contrasting qualities in one concept.
Etymology: Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (oxumÅron) < (polytonic, á) (oxus) "sharp" and (polytonic, ) (mÅros) "dull" http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus3Atext3A1999.04.00573Aentry3D2374333
- "Bitter-sweet" is an example of an ; memories that are bitter-sweet are both painful and pleasant to recall.
- (context, loosely, nonstandard) A contradiction in terms.
- A paradoxical juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory words.
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