Confused Words Exercise (472)
In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.)
Answers and Explanations
1. They made the ascent in record time.
ascent: climb. "We prepared for our ascent of the cliff face while it was still dark."
assent: agreement or approval. "The upper management gave its assent to him about the proposal."
2. The brand still has a certain cachet.
cache: a hidden stash or supply. "We were relieved to find the cache of extra supplies exactly where we expected it to be."
cachet: prestige. "To maintain its cachet, a product must maintain its quality."
3. The ordnance consisted of cases of grenades, missiles, and rockets.
ordinance: a local law or regulation. "The ordinance passed unanimously despite widespread opposition during the City Council meeting’s public-comment period."
ordnance: military supplies. "The missing ordnance includes handheld rocket launchers and rockets."
4. They always deprecated his achievements.
deprecated: criticized or disapproved of. "In the video, they deprecated what they chose as the worst albums released during the last year."
depreciated: decreased in value. "The property’s value had depreciated as a result of construction of a waste-treatment plant nearby."
5. The effluent left a black stain in the gutter.
affluent: wealthy. "More affluent residents tend to settle in expensive homes in hillside neighborhoods."
effluent: liquid waste. "Researchers have studied the rising concentration of effluent in the creek."