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A word that is its own antonym


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#31 barrie7

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:25 AM

what about "civilisation"?
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#32 joef1000

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:25 PM

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

Most of those have obvious meanings in context

What about expressions that are their own antonyms? The meaning of the phrase "you don't say!" is explained as follows in the "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English" (2006 edition): used to show you are surprised by what someone has told you - also often used when you are not at all surprised by what someone has told you.

But that is sarcasm, it's different from an expression with 2 opposite meanings.
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#33 Krizhelle Sheen

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:41 AM

cleave : To Split ; adhere


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just what I am thinkng of...
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