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Thursday, April 19, 2007

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This is as good as anything:
The word contronym (also the synonym antagonym) is used to refer to words that, by some freak of language evolution, are their own antonyms. Both contronym and antagonym are neologisms; however, there is no alternative term that is more established in the English language.

Contronyms are special cases of homographs (two words with the same spelling).


More here

I always wondered about these freak words but leave it up to the lexicographers to have a list of them.

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