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Aspersion vs dispersion

Aspersion and dispersion are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of aspersion and dispersion, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. An aspersion is an attack on someone's character or integrity. The word aspersion also means to sprinkle with something, such as sprinkling water during a religious ceremony. It is derived from the Latin word aspersionem. Today, one rarely sees the word aspersion used outside of the idiom … [Read more...]

Doh, doe or dough

Doh, doe and dough are three words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. This makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of doh, doe and dough, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Doh is the first note and the eighth note of a scale in a major key. It comes from the Italian and is merely a random syllable assigned to these notes. An alternative spelling is do. Doh is also used as an … [Read more...]

Dharma and karma

Dharma and karma are terms that are primarily used in Buddhism and Hinduism, though the word karma has increasingly come into use in English. We will examine the definitions of the terms dharma and karma, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Dharma is the underlying nature of reality, the cosmic law that powers all things through right action. Dharma describes this immutable force, as well as the duty expected from each individual to contribute to the order of … [Read more...]

Decussate vs desiccate

Decussate and desiccate are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation, but mean two different things. We will examine the definitions of decussate and desiccate, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Decussate means two things crossing to form an X. Decussate may be used as an adjective or a verb, related words are decussates, decussated, decussating. The word decussate is derived from the Latin word decussare which means to divide in half, … [Read more...]

Drive-by

The term drive-by is increasingly used as an adjective in many different circumstances. We will examine the meaning of the word drive-by, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Drive-by is an adjective that describes something done in a hurried manner, something done on the run or in a careless fashion. The term drive-by came into use in the 1970s-1980s, primarily to describe murders performed by shooting from a moving car or drive-by shootings. The term drive-by has … [Read more...]

Deposition vs disposition

Deposition and disposition are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the differing definitions of deposition and disposition, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Deposition has several meanings. One meaning of deposition is the process of depositing something. A second meaning of deposition is the removal of someone from office or authority, particularly a king or queen. Most often, the … [Read more...]

Fame vs defame

Fame and defame are two words that are sometimes confused, as they are not exact antonyms but they are related. We will examine the definitions of the words fame and defame, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Fame is a state in which one is known by many, having the stature of celebrity. Fame carries the connotation of people or things that are well known for something positive. The noun fame comes from the Latin word fama, which means public opinion, … [Read more...]

Debauchery

The term debauchery dates back to the 1640s. We will examine the definition of the word debauchery, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Debauchery is an excessive participation in physical pleasure, especially sex, drugs and alcohol. Debauchery is immoral behavior, though not necessarily illegal behavior, and is extreme.  The plural form of debauchery is debaucheries. The verb form is debauch, which means to corrupt someone by means of sex, alcohol, drugs or other … [Read more...]

Monetize vs demonetize

Monetize and demonetize are antonyms. Antonyms are two or more words that have opposing meanings. We will examine the definitions of monetize and demonetize, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Monetize means to convert something into money, to generate revenue from something, to earn a profit from a good or service. The word monetize is often used in business to describe turning a service that is initially offered to the public for free, into a … [Read more...]

Depose vs dispose

Depose and dispose are two words that are sometimes confused, as they are close in spelling and pronunciation. We will examine the definitions of the words depose and dispose, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Depose has two distinct meanings. The first meaning of depose is to remove from office in a sudden manner, and by force. The second meaning is to take a statement of evidence from a witness outside of court or to give evidence as a witness outside … [Read more...]

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