from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect.
- n. A contradiction in terms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure in which an epithet of a contrary signification is added to a word; e. g., cruel kindness; laborious idleness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in adding to a word an epithet or qualification apparently contradictory; in general, close connection of two words seemingly opposed to each other (as, cruel kindness; to make haste slowly); an expression made epigrammatic or pointed by seeming self-contradictory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
You spend 50 bucks for a tank of gas just to go hunt and you miss that big one, so how oxymoron is that!
'Early on' petroleum was unrestricted -- a social-positioning free-for-all including crimes such as fraud and violence such as homicide, and all of it called, (in oxymoron disguise) a 'free market.'
Indeed, our little national anthem has inspired VANOC CEO John Furlong to apply for the intellectual property rights to this refrain, a rather strange oxymoron from a man who stood on the shoulders of giants to rip off the official song representing 33 million souls:
In practice, however, the basic oxymoron is not a very common form of the pataphysical quirk, possibly because we're often able to apply simple transformations to these sort of oxymorons, reinterpret them as metaphoric sense or bad writing rather than nonsense.
Okaayyy – an oxymoron is basically expressing two separate thoughts or ideas that are in direct conflict with each other.
But where he sees Keats stumbling, caught and bewildered in oxymoron, I read a melodious plot: Keats has set up the line up to woo us with the oxymoron Wasserman discerns; then, at the line's turn, pivots its information into the human differential.
The foolish creation of the most learned man of his time, she is the literal embodiment of the word oxymoron, and in her idiotic wisdom she represents the finest flowering of that fusion of Italian humanistic thought and northern piety which has been called
Google Music, the search giant's cloud music service, has been labelled an 'oxymoron' by the outgoing Warner Music Group, chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr.
If asked for the definition of the word oxymoron, "gourmet Mexican" might do it.
The device has now become so common that the word oxymoron has come to mean this form of humor, which is entirely unrelated to the original meaning of the word.