contronym

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

contra- +‎ -onym.

Coined 1962 by Jack Herring.[1] Note that the vowel of the suffix generally supersedes the vowel of the prefix, hence coined as contronym, rather than contranym.

Noun[edit]

contronym (plural contronyms)

  1. Alternative spelling of contranym.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herring, Jack. Word Study (February 1962).
  • Lederer, Richard. "Curious Contronyms." Word Ways, 11 (February 1978): 27-28.