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Ok, word lovers,

Just for fun..... who knows a six letter English word that has two almost exact opposite meanings.

There may be more than one of course in which case I will have learned something too. <grin>

Jon
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Jon,

who knows a six letter English word that has two almost exact opposite meanings.

The answer is that, inter alia, I do. But you are probably looking for Cleave. If you expand to more than six letters, you can also use Sanction.

Andrew
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Hi Andy

Well done ...... CLEAVE is indeed the word I was thinking of.

It is interesting that you brought up SANCTION because on reading that another immediately jumped up at me..... CITATION. Not sure that I find either of these as satisfying however.

I must admit to quite liking the verb CLEAVE though as it unambiguously means to split apart or to adhere.

Certainly hope we get some more.

Thanks

Jon
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I thought that CLING means "to adhere". Bu cleave?
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I left out a "t".
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I thought that CLING means "to adhere". But cleave?
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Latinus,

FYI - Cleave can either mean to split/seperate, or to cling/adhere to. Basically, these definitions are opposites of each other.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cleave

Andrew
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Latinus, think of the old-form wedding vows:

"... and cleave only unto him/her, as long as you both shall live?"
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FYI - Cleave can either mean to split/seperate, or to cling/adhere to. Basically, these definitions are opposites of each other


They are often referred to as Janus words.
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Ok, word lovers,

Just for fun..... who knows a six letter English word that has two almost exact opposite meanings.

There may be more than one of course in which case I will have learned something too. <grin>

Jon


peruse?
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I've always liked "raise/raze" except those are homonyms not the same word.
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