oxymoron

[ok-si-mawr-on, -mohr-]
noun, plural oxymora [ok-si-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh] , oxymorons. Rhetoric.
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)

oxymoronic [ok-see-muh-ron-ik] , adjective
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oxymoron (ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn)
 
n , pl -mora
rhetoric an epigrammatic effect, by which contradictory terms are used in conjunction: living death; fiend angelical
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek oxumōron, from oxus sharp + mōros stupid]

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oxymoron
1657, from Gk. oxymoron, noun use of neut. of oxymoros (adj.) "pointedly foolish," from oxys "sharp" (see acrid) + moros "stupid." Rhetorical figure by which contradictory terms are conjoined so as to give point to the statement or expression; the word itself is an illustration
of the thing. Now often used loosely to mean "contradiction in terms."
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oxymoron [(ok-see-mawr-on)]

A rhetorical device in which two seemingly contradictory words are used together for effect: “She is just a poor little rich girl.”

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Example sentences
The oddly oxymoronic effects of steroids on the human body.
Another religious lunatic, though the term is somewhat oxymoronic.
It is oxymoronic to expect imagination in a bureaucracy.
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