Re: Single word antonyms?

From: Edgar M. Krentz (
Date: Tue Oct 14 1997 - 16:39:22 EDT

>I came across Romans 16:23 and it occurred to me that the word CENOS (sorry
>if that is not the right transliteration) is a single word antonym because
>it can mean both guest (stranger) and host (as here in Romans). Okay,
>perhaps POLITHS is the antonym in most usages, but doesn't guest/host seem
>to be opposite meanings? The usage of the word seems peculiar to me, and I
>was wondering if anyone else can think of other words which function in the
>same way.
>John Baima
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This is not all that unusual. BAINW can mean "go" or "come." In modern
Greek EUCHARISTW can mean both "please" and "thanks", XAIRW both "hello"
and "goodbye." I'm sure others can add more to the list.

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