Confusing Words Clarified: Group E; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +

(lists of "E" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)

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expanse, expense
expanse (ik SPANS) (noun)
That which is spread out, taking up a lot of space: The vastness or wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean is impressive.
expense (ik SPENS) (noun)
Cost which may be financial or an effort to achieve a goal or an end: The expense of the new addition to the hospital was considerable.

The wide expanse of the building was achieved at great expense to the owners.

expansive, expensive
expansive (ik SPAN siv) (adjective)
Generosity, high spirited, or descriptive of an exaggerated sense of self-worth: Jodie's expansive personality was charming and helped her to make many friends.
expensive (ik SPEN siv) (adjective)
Characterizing a high cost or a price typically beyond the means of the person involved in a negotiation: The bids on the antique at the auction became too expensive for Sheena's pocketbook.

In an expansive moment, Bruce decided to buy the expensive piece of property down by the river.

expletive, explicative
expletive (EK spli tiv) (noun)
A word used to fill a space in a written or verbal communication that does not add meaning and is often considered crude or obscene: The editor of the newspaper did not approve of the writer's use of an expletive in his article.
explicative (EK spli kay" tiv, ik SPLIK uh tiv) (adjective)
Concerning a detailed and logical explanation: The speaker provided an explicative introduction to his topic.

The advice columnist in the local newspaper provided an explicative explanation why the use of an expletive in polite conversation is not appropriate.

explicit, implicit
explicit (ik SPLIS it) (adjective)
Referring to something clearly stated; plain to see; readily observable: The directions for making the cake were explicit.
implicit (im PLIS it) (adjective)
1. Regarding something suggested or to be understood though not plainly expressed; implied: Stefan's commitment to his wife was implicit in all that he did.
2. Concerning something without reservation or doubt; unquestioning, absolute: The children responded with implicit cooperation during the fire drill.

The explicit directions in the package left nothing implicit; so, there was no difficulty in putting the toy together.

explosion, implosion
explosion (ik SPLOH zhuhn) (noun)
A loud and noisy expression of emotion or a violent and deafening blast: There was an explosion of tears and lamentations after the train crash.

During the construction of the train tunnel, dynamite was used to create an explosion, loosening the rock.

implosion (im PLOH zhuhn) (noun)
The inward collapse of something as a result of internal air pressure: The implosion and tumbling down of the building was carefully engineered by the specialists.

Silas could hear a loud explosion caused by the detonation of the dynamite which was used to bring about the implosion of the damaged building.

expose, exposé
expose (ik SPOHZ) (verb)
1. To leave an object without a covering or protection: When a strong wind blows the shingles off the roof, it will certainly expose the wood under them.
2. To cause someone to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something: The teacher wanted to expose his students to the great works of literature.
3. To reveal something that is hidden, dishonest, or criminal: The reporters were about to expose Anthony as a fraud.
exposé (ek" spoh ZAY) (noun)
1. A news report or broadcast that reveals something illegal or dishonest to the public: The newspaper was about to present an exposé of the candidate's financial corruption.
2. A book, newspaper report, magazine article, etc. making sensational disclosures: The newspaper column had an exposé about the senator's illegal bribes.

The recent exposé in the newspaper upset the councillors because it served to expose the underhanded manipulations going on in the small committees.

expostulate, postulate
expostulate (ik SPAHS chuh layt") (verb)
To reason or to discuss earnestly, typically to point out an inappropriate behavior: The parents attempted to expostulate with their children about the broken window.
postulate (PAHS chuh layt") (verb)
To assume that something is true: Jarvis stated he would postulate that the garden would do much better if it rained more often.

It seemed silly to try to expostulate with the small children just because Merlin had decided to postulate that they had stolen apples from his tree.

extant, extent
extant (EK stuhnt, ek STANT) (adjective)
Pertaining to something which currently exists: Very few copies of the Gutenberg Bible are extant.
extent (ik STENT) (noun)
A range or distance over which something extends: To what extent are we the product of our own training and environment?

The extent of the grazing lands for the extant herd of bison covered both the flat prairie and the riverbed.

extemporaneous, impromptu
extemporaneous (ik stem" puh RAY nee uhs) (adjective)
1. Regarding an action which is carried out or performed with little or no preparation: The politician made an extemporaneous speech at the local college.
2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: The newswoman presented an extemporaneous report about her recent experiences in China.
impromptu (im PROMP too, im PROMP tyoo) (adjective)
1. Concerning a spontaneous occasion rather than being planned in advance: When two of Sandra's former classmates dropped by unexpectedly, her sister had an little impromptu party.
2. Spoken, performed, done, or composed with little or no chance of preparation: The teacher gave an impromptu lecture about honor and responsibility.

Donald decided to have an impromptu picnic down by the river. While he and his friends were enjoying themselves, his friend got up and delivered an extemporaneous speech about their friendships.

extraneous, intrinsic
extraneous (ik STRAY nee uhs) (adjective)
Not essential or regarding an unnecessary part of something: The balcony scene was extraneous, or irrelevant, to the meaning of the play.

The reporter was able to speed up the process of completing her report by eliminating much of the extraneous comments made by some of the people.

intrinsic (in TRIN zik, in TRIN sik) (adjective)
Descriptive of the essentials of the nature of an object or idea: The intrinsic essence of their friendship could not be described.

Someone once said that creativity is intrinsic to human existence.

After getting rid of all the extraneous paragraphs in the new novel, the editor felt that only the key intrinsic descriptions remained; all of which were strengthening elements in the story line.

eyed, eyed, I'd
eyed (IGHD) (adjective)
Characterizing the globular orbs or organs for vision; often used in combination: Carmela had a blue-eyed cat.
eyed (IGHD) (verb)
To have cast an attentive or focused glance or close observation: The homeless man hungrily eyed the hamburgers being prepared in the open-air market.
I'd (IGHD) (pronoun/verb)
Contraction of "I had" or "I would": I'd rather go on vacation than to stay home; in fact, I'd leave right now if I could.

I’d have eyed the menu more carefully had I realized that there would not be time for a meal this evening.

eyelet, islet
eyelet (IGH lit) (noun)
1. A small hole or perforation, usually rimmed with metal, cord, fabric, or leather; used for fastening with a cord or hook: Each eyelet on the coat was made of leather so none of them would tear.
2. A small optical organ for seeing: The very young kitten’s eyes were so small that each one could be described as an eyelet.
islet (IGH lit) (noun)
A very small island: Jeanine's idea of a summer vacation is to spend it on an islet in a quiet lake.

Jayne often wore a dress on which each eyelet was rimmed with white fabric when she spent the summer on the islet in Greece.

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