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

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

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