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Contranyms

Does sanction mean “a penalty” or “an approval”? Well, both. Martha explains the nature of contranyms, also known as Janus words. Here’s an article about them in the periodical Verbatim. This is part of a complete...

Auto-Antonyms

Cleave, dust, and screen are all words that can mean the opposite of themselves. You can cleave to a belief, meaning to “adhere closely,” but you can also separate things by cleaving them. Words that mean the opposite of themselves go by...

relauncher

relauncher  n.— «At the Wednesday session, he says, he learned the current term for professionals looking to return to work: “relaunchers.”» —“Help for a career relaunch” in Patricia...

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