Confusing Word Pairs
They Can Be Opposites
Paul V. Hartman
euphuism an affectedly elegant language or literary style
euphemism a substitute word or phrase which is less offensive
sanguine cheerful, confident.
sinecure a position or office that requires little or no work.
cynosure something acting as a center of attention.
saturnine gloomy, morose.
saturnalia a golden age; a happy period.
elicit (verb) to cause to be revealed
illicit (adjective) illegal; naughty
hubristic excessive pride; arrogance.
heuristic a speculation, guiding one in an investigation.
cosmology study of origin, structure, & dynamics of the universe.
cosmetology the study of cosmetics and their use.
sui generis unique; one of a kind.
soi disant pretended, self-styled; would-be.
flammable capable of bursting into flames; easily ignited.
inflammable capable of bursting into flames; easily ignited.
uninterested having no interest.
disinterested having no bias in the outcome.
abstruse a hard to understand concept; deep, complex, arcane.
obtuse a dull witted person; slow to understand; not sharp.
limpid crystal clear.
languid lacking energy or vitality.
antipathy a strong feeling of revulsion.
antipodes a place on earth exactly opposite to a reference point.
flatus gas generated by the intestine.
afflatus divine inspiration!
timidity hesitant or fearful.
temerity reckless boldness.
spacious unbounded; extensive.
specious appearing deceptively good looking or correct.
carnivorous meat eater.
omnivorous fondness for all types or kinds of things.
magnificent spendid; exalted; outstanding.
magniloquent lofty and extravagant; boastful.
abrogate abolish or annul by authority.
arrogate to take, claim, or assume, without right.
picturesque striking or interesting; like a picture.
picaresque having to do with vagabonds and their adventures.
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