oxymoron (ŏk-sē-MÔR-ŏn)

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Definition (Noun) A figure of speech in which a pair of opposed or markedly contradictory terms are placed in conjunction for emphasis. In Context "Pianoforte (or sometimes fortepiano) – the original name of the musical instrument now called simply a piano – is also a one-word oxymoron because in music the Italian piano means soft and forte (pronounced FOR-tay) means loud." Charles Harrington Elster, Word Workout: Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps, 2014.