Contronyms


These words are variously named auto-antonym, antagonym, Janus word, enantriodome, self-antonym, antilogy, or addad.

A CONTRONYM describes a word that has multiple meanings that are usually opposite in nature.

 

CLEAVE

to split apart; sever; cut off OR

to adhere closely; stick together; cling to.

BOLT

to secure, or fasten as with a bolt; OR

to make a sudden, swift dash, run, flight, or escape; spring away suddenly.

REFRAIN

to desist from doing something; OR

to repeat.

 

APOLOGY

a statement of contrition for an action; OR

a defense of an action.

SPLICE

to join; OR

to separate.

ROCK

an immobile mass of stone; OR

a shaking or unsettling movement or action.

 

WEATHER

to withstand; OR

or wear away (usually under pressure).

STRIKE

to hit; OR

to miss.

FINIISHED

completed; ended; OR

destroyed.

 

WIND UP

to end; OR

to start up.

dust

DUST

to add fine particles; OR

to remove them.

 
 
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