antagonym

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noun an·tag·o·nym \ an-ˈta-gə-ˌnim \

Definition of antagonym

plural antagonyms
:contronym
  • … I think you've discovered a new antagonym … —a word with two opposite meanings. More familiar examples of antagonyms are cleave, which can mean either “cut apart” or “stick together”; and fast, as in “run fast” versus “hold fast.”
  • —Barbara Wallraff, Times Union (Albany, New York)18 Nov. 2007

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First Known Use of antagonym

1999


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