Confused Words Exercise (635)

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.)

  • San Francisco’s beloved musical ________ has added a new character.

  • He was as conspicuously ________ in the statesmanship of such men as he was in the oratorical genius they shared.

  • When their party took power, they showed themselves as _________ as their opponents bad been.

  • You should not have a _________ attitude toward unemployment, because you won’t receive benefits for long.

  • He hasn’t spoken to his _________ siblings in years.

Answers and Explanations

1. San Francisco’s beloved musical revue has added a new character.

review: critique, examination, or summary. "She wrote a review of the event for those who had been unable to attend."
revue: theater production that humorously refers to recent events. "The comedy revue closed after more than 300 performances."

2. He was as conspicuously deficient in the statesmanship of such men as he was in the oratorical genius they shared.

defective: having a fault or flaw: "He taught mathematics and in 1845 was admitted to the bar, but, owing to defective eyesight, never practiced."
deficient: not good enough, not having enough. "Although deficient in technical training, he handled with great skill the difficult problems presented by the Civil War."

3. When their party took power, they showed themselves as intolerable as their opponents bad been.

intolerable: incapable of being accepted or tolerated. "Meanwhile, conditions grew intolerable for the inhabitants of the rocky, windswept island."
intolerant: "not willow to accept or allow something. "In spite of his intolerant attitude toward religious dissent, he proved himself an enlightened patron of learning."

4. You should not have a complacent attitude toward unemployment, because you won’t receive benefits for long.

complacent: satisfied with the status quo: "Only the dangerously complacent could assume that we have safely put the crisis behind us."
complaisant: eager to please, or easily persuaded. "Because John is too complaisant in his willingness to please others, people often take advantage of him."

5. He hasn’t spoken to his adoptive siblings in years.

adopted: used to refer to a child who has been adopted. "They had two adopted children already."
adoptive: used to describe the nonbiological relatives of an adopted child. "Her adoptive father was a positive influence."

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