CONTRONYM: Did you know a word can be its own opposite? Find out!

Can a word be its own opposite? Yes! It is called a contronym –  a words that are their own antonyms, depending on usage. Here are a few examples.

1. Dust
It can mean ‘to add fine particles’ or ‘to remove fine particles.’ 

2. Left
It can mean both ‘remaining’ and ‘departed.’

3. Off
“Off" can mean both ‘activated’ and ‘deactivated.’
Examples
“Set off” – Activated
“Switch off” – Deactivated
CONTRONYM: Did you know a word can be its own opposite? Find out!
See how to use some of these contronyms in sentences here. 

4. Oversight
“Oversight” means both ‘watchful care’ and ‘an inadvertent error.’ 

5.  Screen
 It means ‘to show’ and ‘to hide.’

6. Sanction
“Sanction” can mean both ‘a penalty for disobeying a law’ and ‘official permission or approval for an action.’

Author:

Enter your Email Below to Subscribe to Our Daily Article Updates

0 comments: