May 01, 2007

Word of the Day > Word of the Day: Autoantonym or Contronym

contronym - A word that can be used as its own antonym.

consult - ask for advice, give advice
custom - usual, special
rent - buy use of, sell use of
cleave - separate, join

Found at Organizations and Markets. Some of the examples aren't 100% perfect (custom, for instance), but it's an interesting idea. More examples at Wikipedia.

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