autoantonym

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EtymologyEdit

auto- +‎ antonym.

Coined or reported as autantonym by Joseph T. Shipley, 1960.[1]

NounEdit

autoantonym (plural autoantonyms)

  1. (rare) A word that has two opposing meanings.
    Left: a word that can mean "to have departed from" or "to have remained".
    Dust: means "to remove dust from" or "to spray or cover something with fine powder".
    Awful: means "terrible" or "magnificent".

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shipley, Joseph T. Playing with Words. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1960, p. 74
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