Confused Words Exercise (518)

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.)

  • She wore an imperious, _________ expression.

  • They couldn’t help but _____ after their hard-earned victory.

  • We were suddenly _______ of our star player after he was injured.

  • She was __________ about the quality of the product.

  • We were assigned to estimate and then measure the _________ of the building.

Answers and Explanations

1. She wore an imperious, forbidding expression.

forbidding: disagreeable, grim. "The forbidding reception they gave him was unsettling."
foreboding: sensing misfortune. "She had a foreboding premonition about the journey."

2. They couldn’t help but exult after their hard-earned victory.

exalt: praise or raise. "If you exalt him any more, he’s going to start demanding that we bow to him."
exult: express excitement or happiness. "He continued to exult about his prize long after most of us had forgotten about the ceremony."

3. We were suddenly bereft of our star player after he was injured.

bereaved: sad because of the death of a loved one. "The bereaved mourners filed into the chapel."
bereft: sad because of the death of a loved one, or deprived or lacking: "Suddenly bereft of their leader, the wolf pack milled about in the clearing."

4. She was complacent about the quality of the product.

complacent: satisfied with the status quo. "We risk becoming complacent about our efforts."
complaisant: inclined to please or consent. "I soon tired of her ceaselessly complaisant nature."

5. We were assigned to estimate and then measure the perimeter of the building.

parameter: controlling rule or limit. "Each member of the team was assigned to propose one parameter for the project."
perimeter: outside edge. "The sentries patrolled the perimeter of the encampment."

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