contranym

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Etymology[edit]

contra- +‎ -onym, coined 1962 by Jack Herring as contronym.[1]

Noun[edit]

contranym (plural contranyms)

  1. A word that has two opposing meanings, such as cleave (“come together” or “split apart”).

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  1. ^ Herring, Jack. Word Study (February 1962).