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contronym

Saltos de línea: con|tro|nym
Pronunciación: /ˈkɒntrənɪm
 
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(also contranym)

Definición de contronym en inglés:

sustantivo

A word with two opposite meanings, e.g. sanction (which can mean both ‘a penalty for disobeying a law’ and ‘official permission or approval for an action’).
Example sentences
  • Certainly, many of these contronyms are part of idiomatic expressions.
  • I'm not sure if this would be a pure contranym because the two phrases don't necessarily oppose each other.
  • Using a contronym requires the listener's knowing which of its meanings applies.

Origen

1960s: blend of contra- and -onym, on the pattern of synonym and antonym.

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