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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 or pronunciation but different meanings.mean, right/write
…are a midway between two opposites.past/PRESENT/future, concave/FLAT/convex
…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
…have the same or very similar meaning.big/large, error/mistake
…are derived from a mother or other female ancestor.Björk Guðmundsdóttir
…have two meanings, each the opposite of the other.fast, cleave, overlook
…are derived from another name, usually a person.cardigan, sandwich
…are assumed as a different name, usually by an author.O'Henry, Mark Twain
…have opposite or near-opposite meanings.dead/alive, boy/girl
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Words or names that...
'-nym' wordExamples
…sound the same as a phrase, but are different individually.I scream/Ice Cream, mint spy/mince pie
…are derived from a father or other male ancestor.J. Peterson
...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
…changes meaning when capitalized.polish, august, concord
…have the same root and similar pronunciations.beautiful/beauteous
…describe themselves.noun, word, abbrv., polysyllabic
…composed of two identical parts.yo-yo, pompom, bye-bye
…have the same spelling but different pronunciations.read, sewer, refuse

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