Word of the day

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oxymoron (noun) – A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1650s, from Greek oxymoron, noun use of neuter of oxymoros “pointedly foolish,” from oxys “sharp, pointed” (from PIE root *ak- “be sharp, rise (out) to a point, pierce”) + 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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