contronym

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

NounEdit

contronym (plural contronyms)

  1. Alternative spelling of contranym.

ReferencesEdit

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