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- n. A word that has two opposing meanings, such as cleave (“come together” or “split apart”).
But as I read about these contentious beasts, the thing that interested me the most was the great variety of synonyms for the word contranym itself.
So a contranym is a word which means its opposite.
Incredible does not even function as a viable contranym, although nowadays there are plenty of people who seem to feel that it does.
A contranym, sometimes called a “Janus word,” can take on either of two opposite meanings.
Since then, I've been pondering the contranym that silence is and the distinctions among its meanings.
In honor of Old Twoface, today’s special word is “contranym.”