autological
A word that applies to itself: ‘short’ is a short word; ‘English’ an English word. See heterological, Grelling's paradox.

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  • autological — adjective /ˌɔː.təʊˈlɒ.dʒɪ.kəl,ˌɔː.təˈlɒ.dʒɪ.kəl,ˌɑːtoʊˈlɑːdʒɪkəl,ˌɑːtəˈlɑːdʒɪkəl/ Of a phrase (especially an adjective), possessing the property it describes. The word polysyllabic is autological, but the word monosyllabic is not. Syn:… …   Wiktionary

  • autological — /ɔtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/ (say awtuh loj1kuhl) adjective of or relating to words or phrases which have in them the property that they denote: the word short is autological because it is itself short …   Australian English dictionary

  • autological — adj. Used to describe words or phrases that are self descriptive. Examples: multisyllabic, terse, fifteen lettered, numberless, adjectival, visible. Category: Language (General) …   New words

  • autological — adj. serves to describe itself; self descriptive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autological — …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Grelling–Nelson paradox — The Grelling–Nelson paradox is a semantic self referential paradox formulated in 1908 by Kurt Grelling and Leonard Nelson and sometimes mistakenly attributed to the German philosopher and mathematician Hermann Weyl. It is thus occasionally called …   Wikipedia

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