Why is oxymoron an oxymoron


A oxymoron is a concept or a rhetorical figure that is composed of two opposing or contradicting terms. The contradiction can appear in a term, but also in a group of words or in a sentence.

Oxymora are occasionally used deliberately as a stylistic device, possibly provocatively or as a warning to point out a grievance that ends in a contradiction or is already in one. A oxymoron can also be understood as adversarial in a broad context.

The term is based on the Greek word oxymoron attributed to whichoxys (sharp [sensible]) and moros (stupid, dull, sluggish). According to the Greek translation, the word itself forms a contradiction (sharp-blunt).


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Phonetic transcription (IPA):[ɔˈksyːmoʁɔn]

Usage examples

Known Oxymora are: bittersweet, hurry with a while, love-hate relationship, negative growth or rule exception.

As a religious feminist, I am one for them oxymoron. I am someone who shouldn't really exist.
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