Often when two words sound similar, they are termed as “homophones”, “homo” being same and “phone” being sound. However, there are also a few words that don’t sound the same yet their similar pronunciation can lead to confusions as to their usage and distinction. Therefore, this chapter will run you through a set of words that sound similar or are bound to get interchanged in due course of daily usage.
Meaning: When someone displays severe disapproval for someone or something in a formal statement, that object or person is deemed “censured”
Consider, for example, the following statement: The Russian government censured all claims of extra-terrestrial involvement in the Dyatlov Pass Incident. On the other hand, when a particular piece of text or imagery is removed and obliterated for being offensive or in bad taste, it is called “censored”
For example, The manuscripts bearing the declaration of crusades were censored by the Romans and the Greeks in the interest of order.
Meaning: A “credulous” person is an unwary bloke who would readily believe just about anything said to him. Other synonyms include gullible, naïve and exploitable.
For example, The credulous villager believed the merchant when he told him the rock he had was worth a thousand Roubles.
A “credible” source, on the other hand, is something that is deemed to be believable or acceptable. Both these words hail from the same root word meaning “to believe”
Consider this example: The Supreme Court ruled out the victim’s text messages as a credible source of evidence owing to the theft of her phone before the murder.
Meaning: When someone feels something or someone is not being true and must not be believed upon, they are said to experience “distrust” towards that person, object or circumstance.
For example, The policemen expressed his distrust towards the beggar by nudging his knapsack to verify its contents.
When someone is always suspicious of things and has a difficult time trusting something or someone, that person is regarded as “mistrusting”
Example: His frequent encounters with fraudulent customers had made him mistrusting of all people in general.
Remember “dis” is the negative of something and “mis” is the absence of something. For reference, see “displace” and “misplace”
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