Contronyms: Words That Are Their Own Opposites (Daily Writing Tips)

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When you dust are you applying or removing it? Depends on whether you’re working the crops or the furniture.

It’s just one example of the contronym, or auto-antonym, or antagonym, or Janus word (from the Roman god of beginnings and endings; you know—the one with two faces looking in opposite directions).

Check out this list of 75—and be clear about your intention when using them.

 

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