An oxymoron is a literary figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite terms or ideas are combined to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means. The word is said to come from the Greek elements, "oxy-" = "sharp", "pointed" and "moros", "moron" = "dull", "foolish"; in other words, "pointedly foolish". An oxymoron is also said to be "a wittily paradoxical turn of phrase that appeals to 'unconscious responses instead of rational examinations'". Wow! Did you grasp all of that? Sometimes dictionaries can create more confusion than clarification. Well, I’m sure you’ve heard this before: "Look up the words if you don’t know what they mean!" That's one method that can be used to expand your vocabulary skills. Having a good dictionary, and using it, is one of the most important sources you can have for personal-word development.
"Oxymoron" is the singular form and "oxymora" is the plural form, despite the misuse of "oxymorons" as the plural form by those who should know better.
Es folgt eine lange Liste mit englischen Oxymora.