# What is a God Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a Word conforms to a special rule, I call it God Word™.
Use the following examples to find the rule.

$$% set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.1}} \def\Title{\textbf{ God }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ OFF }&\text{ OPIUM }\\ \hline \text{ CLIP }&\text{ RELAXED }\\ \hline \text{ WEATHER }&\text{ ADORNED }\\ \hline \text{ RESIGN }&\text{ SUNRISE }\\ \hline \text{ FAST }&\text{ FLOORED }\\ \hline \text{ DUST }&\text{ BEGONE }\\ \hline \text{ STONE }&\text{ CORNICE }\\ \hline \text{ CONTINUE }&\text{ ANTIDOTE }\\ \hline \text{ SCREEN }&\text{ EARSHOT }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

This satisfies the series' in-built assumption that every word can be independently tested for being a God Word. These are not the only examples of God Word. Many more, but a limited finite number exist.

• Interesting that you specify that a limited finite number exist... but technically that would be true of any Word series ;) – ferret Mar 1 '18 at 19:15
• @frabjrew: Yeah, that hint made it easy to find the answer. – gnovice Mar 1 '18 at 20:08

A God Word™ is a word that...

can act as its own opposite (i.e., an auto-antonym or contranym). Also called a Janus word, named after the Roman god Janus who had two faces that looked in opposite directions. Some are listed in this Mental Floss article as well as the links above:

Off: activated (set off) or deactivated (turned off).
Clip: attach or cut off.
Weather: withstand (weather a storm) or wear away.