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Duplicate vs duplicity

Duplicate and duplicity are two words that come from the same roots but have different meanings. We will look at the definitions of duplicate and duplicity, their common roots and some examples of their use in sentences. Duplicate means to make a copy of something, to have an exact pair of something, to reproduce an exact copy from an original. Duplicate may be used as a noun, verb or adjective. Related words are duplicates, duplicated, duplicating, duplication. The word duplicate is derived … [Read more...]

Going Dutch and Dutch treat

Going Dutch and Dutch treat are two related idioms that have their origins in the 1600s. We will look at the meaning of these two terms, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Going Dutch describes a situation where each participant in an activity pays his own way. Dutch treat also describes a situation where each participant in an activity pays his own way, the idea being that a Dutch treat is in fact no treat at all. The idea of the Dutch treat is a pleasant way … [Read more...]

Dirigible or blimp

A dirigible and a blimp are both airships, but with different characteristics. We will look at the difference between the terms dirigible and blimp, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. The word dirigible literally describes something that is capable of being directed or steered. The word dirigible is an adjective, though it is rarely used as an adjective anymore. It has come to mean a steerable airship. Originally the term was dirigible airship or steerable … [Read more...]

Desolate vs destitute

The words desolate and destitute are often confused. We will examine the definitions of desolate and destitute, the origins of the two words and some examples of their use in sentences. Desolate means deserted, devastated or laid waste, without hope, forlorn, unhappy, lonely. Desolate may be used as an adjective or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are desolates, desolated, desolating, desolation, desolately, desolateness. The word desolate is derived from … [Read more...]

Duplicate vs replicate

Duplicate and replicate are two words that are sometimes confusing. Their meanings are similar, but there is a slight difference. We will look at the definitions of the words duplicate and replicate, where the terms come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Duplicate means to make a copy of something, to have an exact pair of something, to reproduce an exact copy from an original. Duplicate may be used as a noun, verb or adjective. Related words are duplicates, duplicated, … [Read more...]

Plaintiff vs defendant

The words plaintiff and defendant are both legal terms and are often confused. We will look at the meanings of the words plaintiff and defendant, as well as their origins and some examples of their use in sentences. Plaintiff describes the person who brings a civil suit in a court of law. The plaintiff is the party who must prove that they have been injured by the actions of another. The word plaintiff is only used in civil court cases, not criminal court cases. The word plaintiff is derived … [Read more...]

Defenestration

The word defenestration was coined to describe a very specific historic incident. We'll examine the meaning of the word defenestration, the historic incident that spawned it and some examples of its use in sentences. Defenestration is the act of tossing a person out a window. Defenestration also has a figurative meaning, which is to dismiss someone from a place of power. The root word of defenestration is fenestra, which is the Latin word for window. The Latin prefix de- means away, down … [Read more...]

Deepnet, darknet and deep web

Deepnet, darknet and deep web are three terms that nearly mean the same thing. We'll look at the definition of these terms, the origins and some examples of their use in sentences. Websites that are not indexed by search engines are said to exist on the deepnet. Websites on the deepnet may be on an intranet designed only for use inside a company or a private website meant only to be viewed by a group of family or friends. Websites on the darknet are websites that are hidden from not only … [Read more...]

Demon vs daemon

The words demon and daemon are spelled in a similar fashion and have similar meanings with very specific differences. We will look at the definitions of the terms demon and daemon, the difference between the two, the origin of their meanings and some examples of their use in sentences. A demon is an evil spirit, a devil, an inhabitant of hell.¬†Demons are often depicted with horns, a pointed tail, cloves hood and grotesques faces. Demon may also be used figuratively to describe an evil person, … [Read more...]

Dudgeon vs dungeon

Dudgeon and dungeon are pronounced and spelled in a similar fashion, but mean two very different things. We'll discuss the difference between the words dudgeon and dungeon, their origins, and examine a few sentences using these words. Dudgeon means a state of extreme indignation, the feeling of being deeply offended. An archaic meaning of the word dudgeon is the wood used in the hilt of a dagger, though this definition does not seem to have any relation to the current meaning of the word … [Read more...]

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