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Can you name the words that end in '-nym'?

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Words or names that...
'-nym' wordExamples
…have the same spelling but different pronunciations.read, sewer, refuse
…composed of two identical parts.yo-yo, pompom, bye-bye
…changes meaning when capitalized.polish, august, concord
…describe themselves.noun, word, abbrv., polysyllabic
…have two meanings, each the opposite of the other.fast, cleave, overlook
…have the same root and similar pronunciations.beautiful/beauteous
…are assumed as a different name, usually by an author.O'Henry, Mark Twain
…are derived from a mother or other female ancestor.Björk Guðmundsdóttir
…are derived from a father or other male ancestor.J. Peterson
…sound the same as a phrase, but are different individually.I scream/Ice Cream, mint spy/mince pie
Definition:
Words or names that...
'-nym' wordExamples
…are a midway between two opposites.past/PRESENT/future, concave/FLAT/convex
…designate something by the name of something associated to it.The White House, The Crown
...are required to distinguish older technology after advancementanalog computer, fountain pen
…have the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings.mean, right/write
…have the same or very similar meaning.big/large, error/mistake
…have opposite or near-opposite meanings.dead/alive, boy/girl
…are formed by initial letters of a series of words.NASA, Scuba, ComSat
…are used by foreigners for a place name and differ from the native term.Köln/Cologne, Torino/Turin
…are derived from another name, usually a person.cardigan, sandwich

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