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Antagonyms
Internally paradoxical

[This is a word someone (named Ellis) else made up to describe a single word that has meanings that
contradict each other.] A word that can mean opposite things or more precisely, a word that has a homograph that is an antonym. His derivation of the word antagonyms is based on:
1. an·tag·o·nize (àn-tàg´e-nìz) verb, transitive
To counteract.
[Greek antagonizesthai, to struggle against : anti-, anti- + agonizesthai, to struggle (from agon, contest).]
2. -onym suffix
Word; name: acronym. [Greek -onumon, neuter of -onumos, having a specified kind of name, from onuma, name.]
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dust (remove dust) and dust (apply dust, say for fingerprints)

 

moot (arguable) and moot (not worthy of argument)

 

cleave (to cut apart) and cleave (to seal together)

 

 

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