Janus word
Definition - A word that can mean opposite things — more precisely, a word that has a homograph that is an antonym.

Example -

(1) cleave (to cut apart) and cleave (to seal together)
(2) dust (remove dust) and dust (apply dust, say for fingerprints)
(3) moot (arguable) and moot (not worthy of argument)

Etymology -
The term derives from the name of the Roman god Janus, the guardian of portals, as well as beginnings and endings. He is usually depicted as having two opposed faces.



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