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oxymoron

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn/
two words used together, which mean two different or opposite things, such as 'bitter-sweet' or 'smart casual'Denying and contradictingTerminology and vocabulary
Translations of “oxymoron”
in Chinese (Traditional) 矛盾修辭法,逆喻…
in Russian оксюморон…
in Turkish iki ayrı ve farklı şeyi ifade eden birlikte kullanılan ikili/birleşik ifade…
in Chinese (Simplified) 矛盾修辞法,逆喻…
in Polish oksymoron…
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