Empirical means verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment. No empirical evidence exists to suggest the accused was anywhere near the crime. Imperial means relating to or suggestive of an empire or a sovereign. Unfortunately, they acted on their imperial impulses and invaded the small country.
Empathy is the ability to relate to someone. Having been poor as a child, Harry Chapin always had empathy for the hungry. Sympathy means feeling sorry for someone. The club conveyed its sympathy to the widow with a gift basket.
Emollient refers to a softening, soothing, or less harsh effect. He took a more emollient approach than his harsh predecessor. Emolument refers to salary, wages, or perquisites. The emolument rate for late-night work will be increased.
Eminent means distinguished, famous, or prominent. Eminent scientists have serious concerns about the coral reefs. Immanent means inherent or present within the universe. The theologian suggests that God is immanent in all life forms. Imminent means about to happen or threatening. The bidders tell us the government contract award is imminent.
Emigrant is one who leaves one’s country to settle in another. The emigrants spent a few weeks aboard ship before landing. Immigrant is one who enters and settles in a new country. Many immigrants are looking for jobs in the metropolitan area. Migrant is one who travels about, especially in search of work. The migrants […]
Emerge means to come out, rise up, or come forth. More vacation time may emerge from the contract talks. Immerge and immerse mean to plunge into or submerge. Immerge (immerse) the knee in ice to minimize the swelling.
Elusive means hard to catch, grasp, or define. Director Stanley Kubrick remained an elusive figure to the press. Illusive means deceptive or unreal. David Copperfield amazes audiences with his illusive magic tricks.
Elicit means to bring out or draw forth. The band’s performances always elicit praise from the critics. Illegal means unlawful. It is illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving. Illicit means unlawful or prohibited. The council fined the firm because of its illicit activities.
Elegy refers to a poem of lament or praise for a dead person. Walt Whitman wrote a famous elegy on the death of Lincoln. Eulogy refers to speech or writing in praise of someone, usually dead. Earl Spencer wrote a moving eulogy to his sister, Princess Diana.
Elapse means to pass by or slip away. How much time elapses before the officials make a decision? Lapse means to drift or discontinue. The magazine subscription lapses unless you renew it soon.
Either means one or the other but not both of two things. It’s either higher taxes or some cutbacks. Neither means not one and not the other of two things. Under the new agreement, neither party may transfer its rights.