Contradictory words.

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Contradictory words.

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Can you think of a word that can mean two opposite things? There are supposed to be a few of them. I can think of one, anyway - left. To go or to remain.

"There was only one left, after the others had left,"
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"Did you MEAN what you said when you said I was MEAN?

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Trishia wrote:
19 Apr 2021, 10:43
"Did you MEAN what you said when you said I was MEAN?
Certainly has two meanings, which many words do, but are they contradictory?.

Another one is dust. "After she dusted the cake with icing sugar, what she spilled on the table needed dusting away. " One is putting sugar on, the other is taking it off.
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Cleave: Separate or cut with a tool; stick or hold together.

(Such words are known as contronyms or Janus words.)

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Clever!
It occurs to me that some of these might be from abbreviated phrases. Dust on and dust off. Cleave together and cleave apart. Can't think the same about 'left', though.
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