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13. What are contranyms?

Other contranyms, also called autoantonyms or ‘Janus words’ (after the Roman god with two faces, one facing forward, the other backwards), include: oversight (supervision or neglect) and mad (in the sense of ‘infatuated with’ and ‘angry’).

Other contranyms, also called autoantonyms or ‘Janus words’ (after the Roman god with two faces, one facing forward, the other backwards), include: oversight (supervision or neglect) and mad (in the sense of ‘infatuated with’ and ‘angry’).

Other contranyms, also called autoantonyms or ‘Janus words’ (after the Roman god with two faces, one facing forward, the other backwards), include: oversight (supervision or neglect) and mad (in the sense of ‘infatuated with’ and ‘angry’).

Other contranyms, also called autoantonyms or ‘Janus words’ (after the Roman god with two faces, one facing forward, the other backwards), include: oversight (supervision or neglect) and mad (in the sense of ‘infatuated with’ and ‘angry’).

What are contranyms?

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Pairs of often politically charged words referring to one thing from two perspectives: One man’s “discretion” is another’s “cowardice,” for example

 

Words with identical spelling and pronunciation that can mean opposite things, for example, sanction can mean approve or restrict

 

A group of personal names common in Latin America, where an entire generation of male children may be named after revolutionary heroes, leading to chaos in classes in which every boy is named “Che”

 

A fancy term for ”no” words: no, negatory, nope, nein, et al.

 
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