Words that have contradictory meanings

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Several words in the English language have contradictory multiple meanings. Here is a growing list:

Word Meaning Contradictory Meaning
sanction official approval, approbation punishment[1]
pabulum intellectual sustenance insipid or simplistic writing or speech
cleave to bind oneself to (Ruth 1:14) to split or divide (Genesis 22:3)

See also


  1. http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/48837/how-did-sanction-come-to-have-two-opposite-meanings