An autoantonym is a word which has two meanings which are opposites of each other.
It may have several other meanings - only the two contradictory meanings are significant and give an autoantonym its curious "Humpty-Dumpty" quality.
The word CLEAVE - meaning either 'to split asunder' or 'to join together' - is a perfect example of an autoantonym.
Other autoantonymous words are:
|CHUFFED||pleased, delighted||displeased, disgruntled|
|DUST||remove dust||sprinkle with dust|
|INSCIENT||ignorant||having secret or inward knowledge|
|LET||to permit||to hinder, to prevent|
|PINK||a light red color||a greenish-yellow pigment|
|QUITE||completely, absolutely||to a partial extent, somewhat|
|ROCK||a sure foundation, anything immovable||a swaying or tilting movement|
|SANCTION||authorization, aid or encouragement||coercive measure intended to discourage|
|SCREEN||to conceal from view||to display ( a film etc.)|
|TRIP||to move lightly and nimbly||to stumble|
|VAPULATE||to flog||to be flogged|