Confused Words Exercise (746)

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.)

  • Without further ______, the mediator promptly began the negotiations.

  • He and his son and successor are praised as __________ and just rulers.

  • They can ________ their pain medications and take their own life by overdosing.

  • All gold _________ brought to the mint is weighed and portions are cut off for assay.

  • I watched as he __________ knocked over the vase to distract the others.

Answers and Explanations

1. Without further ado, the mediator promptly began the negotiations.

adieu: an expression used when parting. "All semblance of harshness vanished when she said adieu and walked out the door."
ado: concern or trouble. "He had much ado to defend his domain against its enemies.

2. He and his son and successor are praised as beneficent and just rulers.

beneficent: performing acts of charity or kindness. "There must have been one lucky star in the heavens at my birth, and I am just beginning to feel its beneficent influence."
beneficial: promoting personal or social well-being. "The relationship was mutually beneficial, as each at one time or another supplied the necessities of the other."

3. They can hoard their pain medications and take their own life by overdosing.

hoard: a large amount of valuable objects. "We discovered a hoard of gold coins hidden in the wall."
horde: a large group of people; often refers to a nomadic tribe. "The horde came down from upper Asia, conquered an Iranian-speaking people, and in time adopted the speech of its subjects."

4. All gold bullion brought to the mint is weighed and portions are cut off for assay.

bouillon: liquid in which meat or vegetables have been cooked that is then used to make sauce or soup. "She measured a teaspoon of bullion and added it to the soup stock."
bullion: bars of a precious metal. "The coin and bullion held by the banks varies between twenty and twenty-four million pounds."

5. I watched as he purposely knocked over the vase to distract the others.

purposefully: with a clear aim or purpose. "She slammed the door and strode purposefully around to the other side, jerking the driver’s side door open."
purposely: as intended or planned. "She insisted that she would never purposely disappoint him."

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