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 O - Oxymoron


Oxymoron: Combination of incompatible terms.

The term 'oxymoron' derives from the Greek, where it is a term composed from the terms for sharp and for blunt. Oxymorons are a favorite tool of those who want to make an impression of deep thinking, and of those who want to bamboozle an audience, and they are therefore widely used in would-be philosophical and religious prose.


See also: Fallacy


Crawshay-Williams, Fearnside & Holther

 Original: May 14, 2005                                                Last edited: 24 January 2012.   Top