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

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

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