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A word that is its own antonym


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#11 bookworm_24_7

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:20 AM

I don't know if this fits the description: hot and cool are synonyms, but antonyms at the same time. They could mean popular (e.g. That's a hot dress! That's a cool dress!) or temperature, hot meaning warm and cool meaning cold. Those might be something totally different, but it's interesting.
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#12 joelbernardo03

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 04:31 PM

Spoiler for who knew there were so many? (besides Google of course... )


Did I get one that Google missed?

Incredible:

My wife is incredible. (great; amazing; wonderful)
My wife is incredible. (unbelievable; horrible)

And for the record, my wife is incredible, in every sense of the word.
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#13 Mondo

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:48 AM

I am thinking of a word that has two opposite definitions. I know of one, and I wonder if anybody else knows another. The one I am thinking of is found in the Bible in the book of Genesis.



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#14 Bob Z

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 10:14 PM

For years I've asked people a similar question..."What two words that are homonyms (sound the same) are antonyms?" I currently know of only one example, maybe you guys will find another. Both words are in common usage.
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#15 dinahvili

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:24 PM

"copemate - partner, antagonist"

... seems more like synonyms to me :D
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#16 d3k3

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:43 PM

That's the one I had in mind.

Genesis 2:24--

And then a meat cleaver is used to cleave or separate meat. Good job.
http://dictionary.re...m/browse/cleave


There is only one definition for cleave. In the Bible, "...cleav[ing] unto [one's] wife" is meant in the, well, er... biblical sense.
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#17 Martini

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:39 PM

There is only one definition for cleave.

Check just about any dictionary and you'll see that's not true.
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#18 d3k3

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:21 PM

Check just about any dictionary and you'll see that's not true.


Huh. Right you are, although I found it only in one of three dictionaries (Oxford).
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#19 lorditachijr

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 02:48 AM

Spoiler for I think this is one too.


Because Leeward can mean in the direction facing the wind or the direction away of the wind. I say this because in the dictionary it says i think away from the wind but in the book The Cay i think they say that it's toward the wind.
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#20 xX_Samira_Poison_Xx

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 03:51 AM

I don't even think half of those count.
I mean come on, confide?
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