Evacuee refers to a person removed from a dangerous area. Many evacuees spent the night at a school during the storm. Refugee refers to a person who flees for refuge or safety. The refugee fled from the war and left his home country behind.
Euphemism is an inoffensive word or phrase substituted for an offensive word or phrase. The phrase “previously owned” is a euphemism for “used”. Euphuism is a style of prose from the Elizabethan period. His writing style contrasts with the ornate style of euphuism.
Especially means particularly or standing apart from all the rest. The air quality in the Adirondack Mountains is especially fresh. Specially means for a specific purpose or reason. Those students were specially chosen for their artistic talents.
Esoteric means intended for a select few. The author’s esoteric use of language can deter the average reader. Exoteric means not intended for a particular group but anyone. Many books deal with the exoteric forms of the Egyptian mysteries.
Scapegoat, which is one who is blamed for another’s misdeeds, is the correct word, though escape goat is actually closer to the original meaning of the phrase. It has roots in an ancient Jewish custom that allows one of two sacrificial goats to go free, taking the sins of the people with it. This goat […]
Eruption refers to a violent outburst or discharge of material. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompei in 79 AD. Irruption refers to an increase, such as in population. An irruption of winter finches from the north woods is expected.
Erasable means capable of being rubbed out or removed. Please use only erasable markers on the white marker boards. Irascible means disagreeable or easily provoked. After months of being unemployed, he became irascible.
Equivocate means to be deliberately ambiguous in order to mislead. He equivocated and gave complex answers to our questions. Prevaricate means to stray from the truth, mislead, or lie. He spoke with candor and saw no reason to prevaricate. Procrastinate means to postpone, put off, or defer. Why did the judges continue to procrastinate about […]
Equable means unvarying, agreeable, or steady. Ireland’s equable climate is due to its proximity to the sea. Equitable means impartial, fair, or reasonable. The club gave an equitable distribution of gifts to the charities.