These 10 English Contronyms Have Opposite Definitions, Proof That English is Bloody Confusing
Just when we thought English couldn’t get anymore confusing with all its antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and the blasted silent “e” (honestly), we’re introduced to the bloody contronym. Like the word suggests, it refer to words that have two contradictory meanings that are the opposite from each other.
So just when you think you’ve mastered the English language, whether you’re a native or non-native speaker, some word will show up and confuse the hell out of you. Seriously, who came up with these rules?
Here are ten contronyms to boggle your mind.
To protect (screen from the sun), or to broadcast (screen a movie).
To secure (bolt a door), or to flee (bolt from danger).
To move toward a location (bound for New York), or be restricted to a location (bound to this house).
To stick to something (cleaved to his mother), or separated from something (cleaved in two).
To remove particles (dust the dirty room), or to add particles (dust makeup).
To temporarily sell a space or object (rent out a house), or to buy the use of a space or object (rent a house).
To stay behind (left alone), or to leave something behind (left the house).
An elite individual (peer of the realm), or a person of equal stature (a peer in the academe).
To approve (sanctioned this construction), or to deny (sanctioned China).
To survive (weathered the storm), or to wear away (weathered the house).