antagonym

noun

an·​tag·​o·​nym an-ˈta-gə-ˌnim How to pronounce antagonym (audio)
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

Word History

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antagonym was in 1999

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“Antagonym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antagonym. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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