Confusing Words #3

Confusing Words #3

Confusing words and their usage in sentences from I to Z.

  1. The insidious nature of her argument suggests an invidious comparison.
  2. There were, for instance, several instances in which the latch failed and the door floor open, just at the the most dangerous instant.
  3. In the intense heat, the team of scientists did an intensive study of the extensive crop damage.
  4. The scientists were intensely focused on the problem. They studied it intently for months.
  5. She made a laudatory speech concerning the students' laudable accomplishments.
  6. As he led his soldiers into battle, his feet seemed made of lead.
  7. The lightning striking all around them, the sailors proceeded in their task of lightening the cargo.
  8. I am loath to associate with people who loathe me.
  9. My shoes are so loose that I'm going to lose them.
  10. I hope the bank can arrange a loan for me. If not, I hope my sister can lend me some money.
  11. A luxuriant tropical garden was planted on the grounds of the most luxurious hotel in town.
  12. It has been raining way too much and for too many days.
  13. John and Mary thought that studying the martial arts, like judo, would improve their marital relationship.
  14. He hardly deserves a medal, nor did he show true mettle when he tried to meddle in our affairs.
  15. The moral of this story is that the morale of a military unit is extremely important.
  16. In the moribund condition of her government, the empress gave way to morbid reflections on her death.
  17. My great-great-grandfather, a naval officer in the Civil War, was killed when he was struck in the navel by a cannonball.
  18. He made an oral commitment to speak on the biological, aural aspects of listening. He has extraordinary verbal skills.
  19. A palette is that thumb-held device that painters use to mix their colors on. The palate is the roof of your mouth or the sense of taste.
  20. The two lawyers walked around the perimeter of the estate as they discussed the parameters of the case.
  21. You must have patience in dealing with the patients in this clinic.
  22. The period of peace between the two wars is an interesting piece of history.
  23. They climbed to the mountain peak to take a peek at the sunrise. They left in a pique because other climbers were already there.
  24. The peasant was surprised when the king served him pheasant for dinner.
  25. He peddled his baskets of flower petals as he pedaled his bike around town.
  26. To carry out or prosecute one's legal responsibilities is a fine thing; to persecute a fellow citizen is not.
  27. The personnel office had a great deal of personal information in its files.
  28. He was poring over his books when he accidently poured coffee all over his papers.
  29. The new lab seemed practical enough, but building it was hardly practicable in that tiny building.
  30. In the 1950s, pro basketball was predominantly a game won predominately by teams on the east coast.
  31. The high school principal said today that the principal problem with today's youth is their lack of moral principles
  32. The hyenas seem to pray over their prey before devouring it.
  33. The lawyer's memory of precedents seemed to take precedence over his memory of other matters.
  34. The premier of the new nation was thrilled when he was allowed to attend the film's premiere.
  35. We will now proceed to the part that should precede the ending.
  36. Jeremiah would prophesy whenever he felt the people needed to hear a prophecy.
  37. He collapsed forward, prostrate on the floor, when he heard that he had cancer of the prostate gland.
  38. The troops moved purposefully toward their doom, relying on the false information their leaders had purposely given them.
  39. We'll have to be quite quiet. Quit making noise!
  40. He threw his tennis racquet across the court and his fans started making a terrific racket.
  41. During the reign of Charles I, it was against the law to use a leather rein during the rain.
  42. Yesterday she read from the red book instead of the blue one.
  43. These sociologists made a really important contribution to our understanding of some real problems in urban America.
  44. He knew that he would grow to resent the public's interest in his recent escapades.
  45. The actors bowed respectfully to the royal couple and then to the people in the audience and to their friends backstage, respectively.
  46. We wept with joy as we read the famous critic's review of our new musical revue.
  47. He had no right to write a new rite for the church.
  48. The attorney was reluctant to force her reticent witness to testify.
  49. In his role as an absent-minded professor, Janina Delbartico called the roll of the wrong class.
  50. The mayor's involvement in salacious behavior has certainly not been salutary for his health or the health of the community.
  51. We have seen the last scene of this play before.
  52. He doesn't seem to have much sense since he fell on his head.
  53. Her poetry is quite sensuous. In fact, some people find it quite sensual.
  54. The moon shone brightly over the old theater where movies were shown nightly.
  55. His explanations were simple but not to the point of being simplistic.
  56. She chose this site because of its view. The sight of the old house brought tears to her eyes. She would cite the passage from Genesis.
  57. The old man would often complain about money and scrimp, but he would never skimp when it came to his own clothing.
  58. The stationery department, where they sell envelopes and writing paper, is in a stationary place.
  59. There is a town statute making it against the law for people of small stature to climb on the park's statue of the mayor.
  60. When you swallow, food goes to your stomach. He was punched in the abdomen.
  61. Take that horrible thing away. Bring me some aspirin.
  62. The highly touted critic would taunt his taut-lipped brother whenever he thought he had taught him a lesson.
  63. They're driving their new car over there this afternoon.
  64. He threw a baseball right through the neighbor's front window. The neighbor made a thorough report to the police.
  65. In two hours, it's going to be too hot to go to town.
  66. They endured a torturous journey up the long and tortuous tributary of the Amazon.
  67. That trooper was a real trouper.
  68. The politician's speech managed to be both turgid and turbid at the same time.
  69. It seemed so utterly unconscionable that the elderly couple should be robbed while they were unconscious.
  70. Although the former mayor's career was unexceptionable, his personality was so bland that he was regarded as an unexceptional candidate for congress.
  71. Is being venal listed among the venial sins?
  72. His waist continued to grow and grow, but no food was allowed to waste in his house.
  73. I used to wonder how he could just wander around the city like that.
  74. I don't know whether we'll go or not. I think it depends on the weather.
  75. She ate the whole donut, hole and all.