Very Vital

My theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is contronyms. A contronym is a word with two or more opposite meanings, making it its own antonym. Click here to find out more about these quirky words.
 
Lily with the letter VThe letter V was much more accommodating than the letter U. There were four solid contronyms to choose from, and weirdly two of them (vegetative and vital) had one definition about being full of life and then another definition from the sad end of the spectrum. For the featured contronym, I’ve decided to go with vital.
 
Vital - Full of life; animated
 
~ or ~
 
Vital - Destructive to life; fatal
 
Since April is National Poetry Month, I figured that even though I lack poetry writing prowess, I should make at least one of my examples a poem.
 
A vital young woman
Her energy overflows
A string of lovesick men
Follow wherever she goes
Happy woman
But from the other women
A jealousy arose
They do their best to shame her
Their words are vital blows
Sad woman
 
Are you familiar with contronyms? Can you think of any other ‘V’ contronyms? How Vivacious is Lily with her letter V?
 
Vivacious woman image courtesy of juliaf 
Depressed woman image courtesy of glendali

Comments

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Great poem to show the difference. Wasn't sure you'd think of one for V. But of course you did.

John Wiswell's picture

Huh. When did the second definition of "vital" start coming into use? I'm failing to think of times when I've heard or read it used that way.

carol's picture

Never realized how fun contronyms can be.

Susan Taylor's picture

Your contronyms continue to intrique me every single day. I did think of one the other night in the middle of the night, but did not write it down, so, alas, it floated away with the clouds.

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Carol Kilgore's picture

Great to meet you through A-Z.
This was fun!

Medeia Sharif's picture

Even though I was aware of it, I never really thought about the negative definition of vital.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Natalie - Thanks! Although I can't claim credit for thinking of the contronyms. Just decent google skills. :-)

John - I've heard it a few times as in "vital injury" but definitely not as much as the positive version.

Carol - They are fun!

Susan - Glad you're enjoying them. It will probably come back to you while you're eating dinner or something random.

Carol K - Great meeting you, too!

Medeia - I'm still surprised at how many words are out there with opposite definitions that I regularly use but never thought about.

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