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How many contranyms in the english language?
Please list a few other than;
Cleave
Sanction
Execute

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Does 'quite' qualify? ;-)
 

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I'll keep thinking. ;-)
 

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Glen said:
How many contranyms in the english language?
Please list a few other than;
Cleave
Sanction
Execute

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'Yield' might well be one. ;-)
 

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CONTRANYMS

Contranym(s)
http://rec-puzzles.org/new/sol.pl/language/english/meaning/synonyms/contranym
(I wholly disagree with the first part of the list. A contranym is one word, not two different words.)

What is the proper term for a word that has two opposing meanings?
http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutwords/contranym
(I include that one because of all the other interesting stuff.)

CONTRANYMS
http://ccins.camosun.bc.ca/~peterm/venus/contranyms.html
(A list of contranyms and an interesting explanation of the word.)

Finally, if you type in contranym at onelook.com you get this site: https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/contranym.html

Forums page:
https://www.usingenglish.com/english_forum.html

I put anxious in this category, since it is used to mean the same as its opposite, eager.

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Did Lederer coin the term contranym?

I think opposing is better than opposite, do you?

In his 1989 book _Crazy English_, Richard Lederer calls such words contranyms and lists more than 35, although some are phrases instead of words. These can be divided into homographs (same spelling) and homophones (same pronunciation). A partial list of homographs: aught = all, nothing bill = invoice, money cleave = to separate, to join clip = cut apart, fasten together comprise = contain, compose custom = usual, special dust = to remove, add fine particles fast = rapid, unmoving literally = actually, figuratively model = archetype, copy moot = debatable, academic note = promise to pay, money oversight = care, error peep = look quietly, beep peer = noble, person of equal rank put = lay, throw puzzle = pose problem, solve problem quantum = very small, very large (quantum leap) ravel = entangle, disentangle resign = to quit, to sign up again sanction = to approve of, to punish sanguine = murderous, optimistic scan = to examine closely, to glance at quickly set = fix, flow skin = to cover with, remove outer covering speak = express verbally, express nonverbally stipulate = request explicitly, agree to strike = miss (baseball), hit table = propose [British], set aside temper = calmness, passion trim = cut things off, put things on A very short list of homophones: aural, oral = heard, spoken fiance, fiancee = female betrothed, male betrothed raise, raze = erect, tear down A pair of French words which can be very confusing: La symetrie (symmetry) and L'asymetrie (asymmetry). Latin: immo = yes, no Possibilities: draw (curtains, open or close) (money, withdraw, accumulate interest) eke

http://www.rec-puzzles.org/sol.pl/language/english/synonyms/contranym
 

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He missed out meteoric rise, unless my eyesight's not what it was. ;-)
 

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Glen said:
How many contranyms in the english language?
Please list a few other than;
Cleave
Sanction
Execute

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Let is another- in the British passport, it demands that the bearer be allowed to travel without 'let or hindrance', or at least it used to. ;-)
 

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One usage is as a verb. The other is as a noun. (Is it still a true contranym?)
  • let
    n.

    Something that hinders; an obstacle: free to investigate without let or hindrance.
    Sports. An invalid stroke in tennis and other net games that requires a replay.

    tr.v. Archaic let·ted, or let let·ting, lets
    To hinder or obstruct.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=let
The etemology is interesting.

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I see no reason why it shouldn't be one. Anyway, it was not bad for so early in the day. ;-)
 

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That's news to me- thanks. ;-)
 
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