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Word of the Day 09/13/15 Oxymoron

Oxymoron (noun)
oxymoron [ok-si-mawr-on, -mohr-]


noun, plural oxymora [ok-si-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh], oxymorons. Rhetoric
1. a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”.

Origin: 1650-60; < Late Latin oxymorum < presumed Greek *oxýmōron, neuter of *oxýmōros sharp-dull, equivalent to oxý (s) sharp (see oxy-1) + mōrós dull (see moron )

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