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An autological word (also called homological word) is a word expressing a property which it also possesses itself (e.g.., the word "short" is short, "noun" is a noun, "English" is English, "pentasyllabic" has five syllables, "word" is a word, "sesquipedalian" is a long word, etc.). The opposite is a heterological word, one that does not apply to itself (e.g., "long" is not long, "verb" is not a verb, "phonetic" is not spelled the way it sounds, "monosyllabic" has five syllables, "Englisch" is German, etc.).




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