Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

What's it called when you have two words that are spelled the same but have opposite meanings?

Example: resign

To quit or 

Re-sign as in to sign a new contract. 

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's not called "when."

    What's the term for a word which has opposite meanings?  A contronym.

  • 2 months ago

    Contronym. Two word that sound the same, but have different and opposite  meanings.

    Sanction: to give permission

    Sanction: to hold responsible for misdeed. 

    Auto--antonym, is also correct.

    Source(s): Native American English speaker for 68 years
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