All about flooble | fun stuff | Get a free chatterbox | Free JavaScript | Avatars    
perplexus dot info

Home > General > Word Problems
Opposite synonyms (Posted on 2005-01-28) Difficulty: 4 of 5
There is a verb that has two synonyms, that happen to be antonyms... can you find it?

See The Solution Submitted by Federico Kereki    
Rating: 3.5000 (4 votes)

Comments: ( Back to comment list | You must be logged in to post comments.)
Solution words | Comment 2 of 8 |

The most well known of such Janus words of the verb variety is "sanction", meaning "to allow" or "to prohibit (or punish)".

 Other such words include "cleave", meaning "to join" (as in "cleave to") or "to separate or divide", and "clip" meaning "to attach" or "to separate".

Also: "rent" and "lease": If you rent a cottage, does that mean you let someone use it who gives you money, or does it mean you give someone money so you can use it.

If you Google "Janus words" there are several sites that have other examples--some not as good (exact antonyms) as these, but also adding nouns and other parts of speech.

 


  Posted by Charlie on 2005-01-28 15:57:29
Please log in:
Login:
Password:
Remember me:
Sign up! | Forgot password


Search:
Search body:
Forums (0)
Newest Problems
Random Problem
FAQ | About This Site
Site Statistics
New Comments (10)
Unsolved Problems
Top Rated Problems
This month's top
Most Commented On

Chatterbox:
Copyright © 2002 - 2017 by Animus Pactum Consulting. All rights reserved. Privacy Information