Same sound, opposite meaning

Erin McKean editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Wed May 8 13:57:14 UTC 2002

There's an article in the most recent VERBATIM about these things,
also called "janus words."

Erin McKean
editor at

>Is there an official term for homophonic words that have the opposite (or
>nearly the opposite) meanings? For example: raise and raze.

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