contranym

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EtymologyEdit

contra- +‎ -nym, coined 1962 by Jack Herring as contronym.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒn.tɹə.nɪm/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑn.tɹə.nɪm/

NounEdit

contranym (plural contranyms)

  1. A word that has two opposing meanings, such as cleave (“stick together” or “split apart”).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Herring, Jack. Word Study (February 1962).