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We have a tag "pseudo-antonym" here ("flammable" vs. "inflammable", "get up" vs. "get down"), but I ask for the exact opposite.

A classic is "He worked hard" vs. "He worked hardly". Also, make friends at a funeral fast by confusing "terrible" with "terrific" and "awful" with "awesome".

What's the technical name (so I can google it myself, but feel free to add more blatant examples as comment)? Pseudo homonym? "Homonym" isn't even a valid tag here...

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    like wise man and wise guy? XD
    – BCLC
    Sep 19 '21 at 17:51
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    I don't think "pseudo-antonym" is a standard technical term. I think it is something an questioner made up. This question on English Language & Usage english.stackexchange.com/questions/542993/… didn't find a technical name for what you describe - but your examples could be the basis of an answer to that question.
    – James K
    Sep 19 '21 at 19:25
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    And then there are self-antonyms(?) such as the old use of "cleave", to cling, and the current usage, to cut. Does "oversight" mean careful supervision, or ignoring something? Interestingly, in both Hebrew and in English, "to dust" can mean to sift dust onto something, as in disclosing fingerprints, or to clean dust from something. See "contranym", mentalfloss.com/article/650281/… Sep 19 '21 at 22:45
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    We would say He hardly worked rather than he worked hardly. Sep 20 '21 at 7:59
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    @JamesK: THX for the link! Now I remember: when I was young, I thought a fiend (specifically a Rarebit Fiend - Winsor McCay) was a sort of friend. Sep 20 '21 at 8:01

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