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Confusing words part-3

Here are some more words those con­fuses us in gen­eral usage:

  • Endemic and epi­demic: Both refer to dis­eases. If a dis­ease is endemic it is com­mon in an area of pop­u­la­tion and peo­ple are likely to be exposed to it. An endemic refers to a wide­spread dis­ease in a region.
  • Flaunt and flout: Flaunt is some­thing that is to show off and flout is to dis­re­gard some­thing out of disrespect.
  • Gourmet and gour­mand: A gourmet is an expert in the appre­ci­a­tion of the fine food, whereas gour­mand is more inter­ested in quan­tity rather than qual­ity. Gour­man­dize is to stuff food like a glutton.

Confusing words part-2

Sup­port­ing the pre­vi­ous post i got sev­eral com­ments and i want to give more and more words which con­fuses us and makes much dif­fer­ence in usage. Here are some con­fus­ing words for fans of Eng­lish vocabulary.

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  • Cre­dence and cred­i­bil­ity: Belief in or accep­tance of some­thing as true is known as cre­dence. Cred­i­bil­ity is the fea­tures that make some­thing believ­able give it credibility.
  • Cred­i­ble and cred­u­lous: Some­thing that is cred­i­ble is believ­able and not gullible. Cred­u­lous is gullible which is appar­ent to be believ­able but actu­ally not and makes eager to be believable.
  • Dep­re­cate and depre­ci­ate: if you dep­re­cate some­thing you show dis­ap­proval of it. If some­thing depre­ci­ates its value falls. If you dep­re­cate some­thing, you think lit­tle of it. Depre­ci­ate is close to that of dep­re­cate but dep­re­cate is stronger and more emo­tional involvement.
  • Exalt and exult: Exalt is to praise and rais­ing them up. To exult is to rejoice and tri­umphant elation.
  • Face­tious and fac­tious: Face­tious is using inap­pro­pri­ate humor and not silly and fac­tious is fool­ish, silly and idiotic.
  • Expe­di­ent and expe­di­tious: to expe­di­ent is to fas­ten the work and make it speedy. Expe­di­tious is quick and efficient.
  • Fac­ti­tious and fic­ti­tious: while “fac­ti­tious” means arti­fi­cially achieved, “fic­ti­tious” means invented. So a politi­cian might gen­er­ate a fac­ti­tious body of opin­ion in favor of some­thing by spread­ing rumors.
  • Equable and equi­table: An equi­table set­tle­ment is fair to both sides. Equi­table is also equal and impartial.
  • Ego­ist and ego­tist: Ego­ist is a per­son who always thinks that he should be first and only believes only in self advance­ments. Ego­tist is a per­son who always talks about his accomplishments.
  • Empa­thy and sym­pa­thy: if we have sym­pa­thy towards any­one then we will have fel­low feel­ing for them and empa­thy is the abil­ity to imag­ine our­selves in that position.

Confusing words part-1

There are so many words in Eng­lish which are very sim­i­lar and we often con­fuse and make some mis­takes which are some­times very seri­ous. So it is very impor­tant to know about the dif­fer­ence that these words and how they change the mean­ing by just chang­ing one or few let­ters of the word. It is very impor­tant to know these dif­fer­ences as there are so many words that are pro­nounced same but dif­fer in spelling.


  • Affect and effect: these two words are often con­fus­ing so many don’t know that dif­fer­ence between these two words. The word “Affect” is some­thing that occurs before and the result of that is “effect”. If some­thing affects us, it had an effect on us.
  • Amoral and immoral: Amoral means with­out morals and immoral is break­ing the moral code. For a baby, the wrong things they do are amoral but if a crim­i­nal does a wrong thing then he is immoral.
  • Adher­ence and adhe­sion: Adher­ence is giv­ing sup­port regard­ing a belief or opin­ion. Adhe­sion is phys­i­cal stick­ing of one thing to another. Gum has the prop­erty of adhesion.
  • Child­ish and child­like: “child­like” is an emo­tional neu­tral term which is praise. Child­ish on the other hand implies that the per­son is con­cerned about the knowl­edge of the per­son which has a pejo­ra­tive meaning.
  • Com­pli­ment and com­ple­ment: There is a small dif­fer­ence between these two words. “i” is replaced with “e” but this makes a large dif­fer­ence. Com­pli­ment is sim­i­lar to a com­mend or praise offi­cially. Com­ple­ment is to com­plete or fill. Adding a leader com­ple­ments the team.
  • Con­tin­u­ous, con­tigu­ous and con­ta­gious: Con­tin­u­ous is noth­ing but per­sist­ing in work or activ­ity. Con­tigu­ous is next or together in sequence. Con­ta­gious is spread­ing directly or indi­rectly. Exam­ple of con­tigu­ous is “Himalayas are con­tigu­ous moun­tains”. Exam­ple of con­ta­gious is “cholera is a con­ta­gious disease”.
  • Dis­creet and dis­crete: This is an impor­tant dif­fer­ence to iden­tify as they are pro­nounced sim­i­larly. Dis­crete is noth­ing but not con­tin­u­ous and occurs in cer­tain inter­vals. Dis­creet is used to refer to a per­son who keeps his work secret and doesn’t want to show or dis­play to the world and make every­one to know about what he is doing.
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