Janus word

noun

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: contronym “Deliberate speed” signals clear intent and resolution, but also a lack of haste. That makes the phrase not quite a classic “Janus word,” one whose two meanings are directly opposite (sanction, for instance, meaning both to punish and to privilege). —Ruth Walker, Christian Science Monitor, 17 July 2014

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1986, in the meaning defined above

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