Language

Contronyms Are Words That Are Also Their Own Opposites

Excited for today's eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews today!

One word can often mean different things. But what about one word that also means its exact opposite? Words like this are called contronyms, or "auto-antonyms." Perhaps one of the most famous examples is cleave, which means both to split apart and to stick together. Another example is trim, which can mean to put something on (think "trim the tree"), or to take something off. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Word That Are Their Own Opposites

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement