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oxymoronical

adjective; derivation
Having the qualities of a combination of contradictory words. (‘cruel kindness’) Oxymoronic should have been used in this case, but we generally think that words ending in –al sound more like adjectives. The friend was also trying to impress his listener by making the word longer and therefore more complex, making him seem smarter.
 
Etymology : Formed by adding –al to the “real” word oxymoronic
Source : A friend was commenting on the “oxymoronical” wording of a children’s book called “Courage the Cowardly Bear”.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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