Definitions

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  • noun Alternative spelling of contranym.

Etymologies

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contra- + -onym.

Examples

  • The word contronym also the synonym antagonym is used to refer to words that, by some freak of language evolution, are their own antonyms.

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  • Another example of a contronym might be a word that has one meaning in one dialect and the opposite meaning in another dialect.

    When mom became mum

  • Another example of a contronym might be a word that has one meaning in one dialect and the opposite meaning in another dialect.

    Contronyms

  • Such a perplexing word might be called a contronym, using the prefix contra - (from the Latin contra meaning ` against '), or possibly a contradictonym.

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  • One of the more curious phenomena of language is the contronym also called an “antagonym”, which is when a word has come to represent two opposite meanings.

    Contronyms

  • One of the more curious phenomena of language is the contronym also called an “antagonym”, which is when a word has come to represent two opposite meanings.

    When mom became mum

  • In New Zealand English nowadays, a "dairy" is a convenience store, although this is not an example of a contronym.

    When mom became mum

  • In New Zealand English nowadays, a "dairy" is a convenience store, although this is not an example of a contronym.

    Contronyms

  • Google search for “contronym” (the fancy word for a word which means one thing as well as its opposite) and see how many there are.

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