28 Synonyms & Antonyms for Double Edged Sword


Noun:

A double-edged sword refers to a type of weapon with two cutting edges along its blade. It is often used metaphorically to describe a situation or decision that has both positive and negative consequences or implications, hence the saying “a double-edged sword.”

Verb:

The concept of a “double-edged sword” is typically used as a metaphor to describe situations, decisions, or actions that have both positive and negative consequences.

Synonyms

Two-edged sword
Dilemma
Catch-22
Mixed blessing
Two-faced situation
Janus-faced dilemma
Dual-purpose challenge
Ambivalent predicament
Paradoxical situation
Conundrum
Quandary
Ambiguous outcome
Mixed outcome
Double-barreled situation
Dual-natured dilemma
Twin-sided challenge

Antonyms

Boon
Blessing
Advantage
Asset
Benefit
Advantageous
Favorable
Gain
Help
Perk
Plus
Profit
Strength
Support
Value

Examples from books and articles

  • This game character wields a wide double-edged sword to slice an enemy in two, armor and all, with brute strength.
  • In her left hand she holds the scales of justice while in her right she brandishes her double-edged sword to punish the guilty.

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