Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Rave: An Auto-Antonym

Rave is an auto-antonym, a word that can mean the opposite of itself, in this case shout against or in favor of something or someone (either meaning with about and of).

Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. rave, v.1, sense 1.b:
With about, against, at, of (something or someone disliked, distrusted, etc.), or for (something desired).
Id., sense 4:
To speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm or admiration. In early use with upon; now frequently with about, of, over.


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