This elusive word has two meanings, and they are opposites. The label for them is auto antonyms which has Greek roots meaning a word is opposite of itself. I hesitate to have the word auto antonym in the heading. I did this with my retronym blog post, and got next to no hits on that post. Nevertheless, I forge onward.
The weird thing about the word sanction is its meaning.
To authorized, approve, allow, confirm or ratify
So, for example, to be recognized by the Pro Bowler’s Assn., one has to roll a 300 game during league play. If it done at a non-league time, they do not give you credit for it. (That would be just my luck.)
The other side of sanction is when a fraternity does something stupid, like underage drinking, etc., and whatever national body governs them finds out, they are sanctioned. Usually, this means they lose their affiliation with the national organization. Having never even been in a frat house (or sorority house), I know little more about this.
Many words in the English language are very confusing. I hope to explore more of them in future posts. As Latka from the old Taxi television series said, “America is a tough town.”
NOTE: The picture has nothing to do with the topic, except she knows about the time-out sanction (rarely). It was just difficult to find an image to characterize sanction. I used a picture of my granddaughter, since I try to do that any chance I can.