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Is there a term for a word that serves as its own antonym? [duplicate]

For example: "transparent" can mean both "obvious" and "hidden" "aught" can mean both "all" and "nothing" Is there a term for a word which has multiple definitions that are antonyms?
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Same word with opposite meanings [duplicate]

The connotation of adjective 'appropriate' is positive, while that of the verb is negative. 1. What's this phenomenon called, though this question allows any part of speech (and not just an ...
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What is a word with two synonyms that are antonyms (other than cleave) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can anyone provide me with a list of English words that are their own antonyms? My wife read on a trivia website that there is only one word in the English language which has ...
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Words having two converse meanings [duplicate]

Many words have several meanings and some even have two converse meanings. Two examples of such words are amateur and literally as illustrated by the following: She is an art amateur. This is amateur ...
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Words that have opposing definitions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English words that are their own antonyms What words have opposite meanings in different regions? I was reading a book the other day when the author wrote: The ...
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Word meaning contradiction with itself [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English words that are their own antonyms What is a word that is a contradiction of itself? I googled this and I got "paradox", but paradox means: A paradox is a seemingly ...
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Opposing homonyms [duplicate]

I'm aware of precisely one word that is spelled and pronounced the same, yet has a completely opposite meaning depending on its context: sanction. On one hand, it is official permission for something....
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What do you call these types of words? [duplicate]

I just noticed something in a rather innocuous text that I was sending a friend. The word "Left", for instance, could mean, "Hey, have you left already?" or "Is anyone left here?". Both these meanings ...
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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What are non-ironic English expressions used with a meaning opposite to their literal meaning? [closed]

The phrase lowest common denominator is a phrase that has a meaning opposite to its literal meaning. Are there any other phrases like that? What is the term used for such phrases? Edit: Obviously, ...
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Is 'learn' the new 'teach'?

With seemingly increasing frequency I come across a phrase using 'learn' when I think it should be 'teach'. The classic example is 'that will learn them!', as in "Shoot all criminals - that will ...
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How and why have some words changed to a complete opposite?

One example that comes to mind is terrific which originally denoted something quite terrorising while now it has positive connotations... How and why did these changes occur?
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Why the opposite meanings of the word “bollocks”?

The phrases the dog’s bollocks, the bee’s bollocks, and golden bollocks are used to mean something or someone excellent, fine, or well thought of. But if one were to say a load of bollocks, or ...
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Nonplussed defines its own antonym?

I recently encountered this word while reading an article and found that its two basic definitions are "Bewildered" and "Unfazed." How can the word mean both these things as they seem to be direct ...

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