Confusing Words Clarified: Group I; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "I" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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The project is still in its incipient or in its initial stages.
Another insipient politician was more than the voters were willing to accept.
Politicians suddenly become incipient when it is election time and they too often become insipient when they make speeches.
2. The ability to discern the true nature of a situation: People need to gain insight into the economic situation that is going on in the world.
It takes a great deal of insight to talk with an angry crowd without appearing to incite them to violence.
Henry's initial inchoate speech sounded a bit incoherent; so, obviously he needs to do a lot of reworking of his presentation.
The incompetence of the incumbent incompetents is truly amazing.
2. Difficult to imagine or to believe: It was unthinkable that the teacher was leaving the school before the end of the semester.
Tamika found the mathematical formula on the examination inconceivable; however, it was unthinkable that she would fail the exam because of this one problem.
As incredible as it may be, Frank found himself totally incredulous when the results of the election were announced and he had won.
The indeterminate response which the student received to his questions to the editor of the journal will create an indeterminable delay in the completion of his essay.
The judge announced that he will indite his decision as to whether he will indict the self-professed fraud artist.
The clinic provides free medical care for indigenous patients, but not for foreigners.
The newspaper reported that the indigenous population in the far north is often indigent and in need of special medical services.
2. Pertaining to a person who feels or shows anger because of something that is unfair or wrong; especially, because of an unjust, mean treatment, or action: Brian was very indignant about the excessive charges made by the taxi driver.
2. An act or occurrence which hurts someone's pride or self-respect; an affront: So many elderly people seem to find it necessary to endure one indignity after another as a result of growing old.
Caroline was filled with indignant outrage when she witnessed the indignity which was being inflicted on the hapless old horse that was pulling a heavy cart.
It would be indiscreet to believe that the crowd in the town square was indiscrete because there were obviously several different organizations waving their banners.
Too many people in the world are plagued by corruption and iniquity.
The iniquity of the landlord towards the unemployed tenants was perceived as a great inequity.
2. Pertaining to something which does not have the anticipated reaction, either chemically or biologically: The chemistry formula proved to be inert and not dangerous.
There was a colorful inset on the insert which the staff put in the programs for the theater performance.
After completing the task of putting 700 inserts into 700 programs, they were so tired that they were totally inert.
Theodora's illness is infectious and requires medical attention.
2. Descriptive of an influence or mood that spreads rapidly: The long sunny days created a contagious sense of well-being for people in the community.
The unusually infectious Norovirus was considered highly contagious; so, the patient was placed in isolation for a week.
2. To gradually make oneself a part of a group, a person's life, etc.; often by behaving in a dishonest way: Shirley stood next to the speaker hoping to insinuate herself into the conversation.
Roger has managed to insinuate himself into the city's highest social circles.
Speakers and writers imply; listeners and readers infer from what the speaker has implied.
Careful speakers and writers distinguish between these two words, using imply to mean, "to indicate without saying outright"; and infer to mean, "to draw a conclusion by reasoning".
Sam's warm smile implied that he was pleased to see us.
We inferred from Sam's warm smile that he was pleased to see us.
Is what you think I hinted. Better, madam/sir,
To say "hello" in error for "good-bye"
Than to say infer in error for imply.