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Oxymoron Definition & Examples from 601 Words

Oxymoron definition and real examples in authentic context from the book 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam as a literary term or figure of speech in literature for advanced learners of English.

/ˌɒk.sɪˈmɔː.rɒn/ (noun)

Oxymoron definition

a figure of speech in literature that expresses someone or something with contradictory words or phrases in juxtaposition, e.g. brutal kindness


An oxymoron is a figure of speech that juxtaposes concepts with opposing meanings within a word or phrase that creates an ostensible self-contradiction. An oxymoron can be used as a rhetorical device to illustrate a rhetorical point or to reveal a paradox.

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