Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Some Latin Auto-Antonyms
It is odd that some words can bear opposite meanings, as victorum, infrenati, immutatus. So too solutus somno can mean either asleep, or awakened from sleep; fugam facere either to rout, or to run away; and molliter ferre either to bear like a coward, or to bear with patience.Victorum can be the genitive plural of either 1) the noun victor (conqueror), or 2) the participle victus (having been conquered).
Infrenati can mean either 1) without a bridle or harness, unchecked, or 2) with a bridle or harness having been put on.
Immutatus can mean either 1) unchanged, unaltered, or 2) having been changed.
- Identity of Opposites
- Snob and Hoi Polloi
- Auto-Antonym: Wan
- Auto-Antonyms (Latin sacer, English wold)
- Auto-Antonym (Urdu lāg)
- An Auto-Antonym? (ἀφυπνόω)
- Two Greek Auto-Antonyms (γενέτης and γενέτειρα)
- Auto-Antonym: Agony