Q. What are Homonyms?
Ans. Words which sounds or spell similar are known as Homonyms.
1. (a) Allude: To make indirect reference.
Eg. Mrs. Simons alluded to some health problems, without being specific.
(b) Elude: To avoid or escape (someone or something) / To be difficult to remember
Eg. (i)The killer was able to elude the police. (ii) I remember his face but his name eludes me.
2. (a) Censor:To remove the parts of the books, movies etc, which are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to the society.
Eg. The station censored her speech before broadcasting it.
(b) Censure: Official strong criticism
Eg. He was censured by the committee for his failure to report the problem.
3. (a) Confident: Showing that you have confidence.
Eg. He is confident about passing the exam.
(b) Confidant: One to whom secrets are entrusted.
Eg. She is my confidant, I tell her everything.
4. (a) Discreet: Being cautious or careful in doing or saying something.
Eg. He must be discreet and say nothing about our agreement.
(b) Discrete: Separate and different from each other.
Eg. Even though they were married, they kept their money in two discrete accounts.
5. (a) Dual: Having 2 parts/ Double
Eg. She pursued dual careers in music and acting.
(b) Duel: A fight between two people that includes the use of weapons.
Eg. He accepted the challenge to duel.
6. (a) Elusive: Hard to find, capture or remember
Eg. The police are finding it difficult to catch the elusive bank robber.
(b) Illusive: Deceptive / Lacking reality / Unreal
Eg. The magician's hologram was quite illusive.
7. (a) Cease: To stop/ End
Eg. The patient’s heart ceased to beat.
(b) Seize: Snatch/ Grasp
Eg. The invaders seized the gold of the prisoners.
8. (a) Accede: Agree
Eg. The government was forced to accede to the demands of the opposition.
(b) Exceed: Go beyond
Eg. His performance exceeded my expectations.
9. (a) Exalt: To raise someone or something to a higher level/ To glorify or elevate something
Eg. His behavior has exalted the power and prestige of his office.
(b) Exult: To feel or show great happiness
Eg. You must exult over your victories and move forward through your defeats.
10. (a) Loath: Unwilling to do something
Eg. She was loath to admit her mistakes.
(b) Loathe: To hate someone or something very much
Eg. From an early age the brothers have loathed each other.
11. (a) Veracious: Truthful / Honest
Eg. The politician’s statement was proven to be veracious by all who examined it.
(b) Voracious: Having a huge appetite/ Excessively eager
Eg. (i) He has a voracious appetite. (ii) He is a voracious reader of historical novels.
12. (a) Abhorrent: Causing or deserving strong dislike or hatred
Eg. Jack’s abhorrent behavior caused him to get kicked out of the restaurant.
(b) Aberrant: Different from the usual or natural type / unusual or abnormal
Eg. The aberrant growth of body cells is often a symptom of cancer.