Misused Words



Misused Words : Confused Words



Students are liable to confuse and misuse words that are similar in sound or form, but different in meaning.

1. Principal and Principle
2. Altar and Alter
3. Fair and Fare

There are many such pairs of words which are confused and misused. Care should be taken to differentiate them. Some of the words that are commonly confused and misused are….

  1. Difference between Accept and Except
  2. Difference between Access and Accession
  3. Difference between Access and Excess
  4. Difference between Accession and Excess
  5. Difference between Accident and Incident
  6. Difference between Adapt and Adept
  7. Difference between Adapt and Adopt
  8. Difference between Adept and Adopt
  9. Difference between Addicted and Devoted
  10. Difference between Advice and Advise
  11. Difference between Affect and Effect
  12. Difference between Allusion and Illusion
  13. Difference between Altar and Alter
  14. Difference between Apposite and Opposite
  15. Difference between Ascent and Assent
  16. Difference between Artist and Artisan
  17. Difference between Artist and Artiste
  18. Difference between Artisan and Artiste
  19. Difference between Avenge and Revenge
  20. Difference between Avocation and Vocation
  21. Difference between Avocation and Vacation
  22. Difference between Vocation and Vacation
  23. Difference between Barbarism and Barbarity
  24. Difference between Bare and Bear
  25. Difference between Battle and War
  26. Difference between Battle and Fight
  27. Difference between War and Fight
  28. Difference between Beneficial and Beneficent
  29. Difference between Berth and Birth
  30. Difference between Born and Borne
  31. Difference between Bridal and Bridle
  32. Difference between Canvas and Canvass
  33. Difference between Casual and Causal
  34. Difference between Ceremonial and Ceremonious
  35. Difference between Cession and Cessation
  36. Difference between Cessation and Session
  37. Difference between Cession and Session
  38. Difference between Check and Cheque
  39. Difference between Childish and Childlike
  40. Difference between Cite and Site
  41. Difference between Complement and Compliment
  42. Difference between Comprehensive and Comprehensible
  43. Difference between Confess and Admit
  44. Difference between Confidant and Confident
  45. Difference between Council and Counsel
  46. Difference between Conscious and Conscientious
  47. Difference between Contemptible and Contemptuous
  48. Difference between Continual and Continuous
  49. Difference between Continuance and Continuation
  50. Difference between Corporal and Corporeal
  51. Difference between Course and Coarse
  52. Difference between Credible and Creditable
  53. Difference between Credible and Credulous
  54. Difference between Creditable and Credulous
  55. Difference between Crime and Vice
  56. Difference between Crime and Sin
  57. Difference between Vice and Sin
  58. Difference between Custom and Habit
  59. Difference between Deceased and Diseased
  60. Difference between Descent and Dissent
  61. Difference between Decent and Descent
  62. Difference between Decent and Dissent
  63. Difference between Deficient and Defective
  64. Difference between Deny and Refuse
  65. Difference between Dependent and Dependant
  66. Difference between Deprecate and Depreciate
  67. Difference between Discover and Invent
  68. Difference between Disinterested and Uninterested
  69. Difference between Diverse and Divers
  70. Difference between Draft and Draught
  71. Difference between Draft and Drought
  72. Difference between Draught and Drought
  73. Difference between Drown and Sink
  74. Difference between Effective and Efficient
  75. Difference between Effective and Efficacious
  76. Difference between Efficient and Efficacious
  77. Difference between Elemental and Elementary
  78. Difference between Elicit and Illicit
  79. Difference between Illegal and Illicit
  80. Difference between Eligible and Illegible
  81. Difference between Emigrant and Immigrant
  82. Difference between Eminent and Imminent
  83. Difference between Ensure and Insure
  84. Difference between Ensure and Assure
  85. Difference between Insure and Assure
  86. Difference between Envious and Enviable
  87. Difference between Eruption and Irruption
  88. Difference between Famous and Notorious
  89. Difference between Fetch and Bring
  90. Difference between Formalism and Formality
  91. Difference between Gait and Gate
  92. Difference between Gamble and Gambol
  93. Difference between Ghastly and Ghostly
  94. Difference between God-like and Godly
  95. Difference between Graceful and Gracious
  96. Difference between Honorary and Honourable
  97. Difference between Human and Humane
  98. Difference between Humiliation and Humility
  99. Difference between Imaginary and Imaginative
  100. Difference between Industrial and Industrious
  101. Difference between Ingenuous and Ingenious
  102. Difference between Jealous and Zealous
  103. Difference between Judicial and Judicious
  104. Difference between Liberty and Freedom
  105. Difference between Loose and Lose
  106. Difference between Loose and Loosen
  107. Difference between Lose and Loosen
  108. Difference between Lovable and Lovely
  109. Difference between Luxuriant and Luxurious
  110. Difference between Memorable and Memorial
  111. Difference between Momentary and Momentous
  112. Difference between Negligent and Negligible
  113. Difference between Notable and Notorious
  114. Difference between Observance and Observation
  115. Difference between Official and Officious
  116. Difference between Peaceable and Peaceful
  117. Difference between Persecute and Prosecute
  118. Difference between Pitiable and Pitiful
  119. Difference between Pitiable and Piteous
  120. Difference between Pitiful and Piteous
  121. Difference between Plain and Plane
  122. Difference between Popular and Populous
  123. Difference between Practical and Practicable
  124. Difference between Practice and Practise
  125. Difference between Pray and Prey
  126. Difference between Precede and Proceed
  127. Difference between Precedent and President
  128. Difference between Prescribe and Proscribe
  129. Difference between Principal and Principle
  130. Difference between Refuge and Refuse
  131. Difference between Sensitive and Sensible
  132. Difference between Sensual and Sensuous
  133. Difference between Social and Sociable
  134. Difference between Spirituous and Spiritual
  135. Difference between Stationary and Stationery
  136. Difference between Statue and Statute
  137. Difference between Stimulant and Stimulus
  138. Difference between Tamper and Temper
  139. Difference between Temporal and Temporary
  140. Difference between Union and Unity
  141. Difference between Vacant and Empty
  142. Difference between Verbal and Verbose
  143. Difference between Wilful and Willing
  144. Difference between Womanish and Womanly
  145. Confused Words - 2
  146. Misused Words - 2




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