Janus Words


A Janus word is a word that means both a thing (or an action) and its precise opposite.  The name is a reference to Janus, a Roman god with two faces.  If you didn’t catch that reference without it being explained, you probably aren’t very interested in this blog.

Some examples:

  • Sanction
  • Seed
  • Weather

here are some other examples and longer discussions:




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