elusive / illusive
An elusive fairy is one you cannot catch, but an illusive one was never really there at all. It was just an illusion!
emigrate / immigrate / migrate
Emigrate means to leave one’s country to live in another. Immigrate is to come into another country to live permanently. Migrate is to move, like birds in the winter.
eminent / imminent
Eminent describes anyone who is well known for a justified reason. But imminent refers to something about to happen, like the next big thing’s imminent rise to the top. These two words sound the same to some, but they are unrelated.
empathy / sympathy
Empathy is heartbreaking — you experience other people’s pain and joy. Sympathy is easier because you just have to feel sorry for someone. Send a sympathy card if someone’s cat died; feel empathy if your cat died, too.
endemic / epidemic
Endemic and epidemic are both words that diseases love, but something endemic is found in a certain place and is ongoing, and epidemic describes a disease that’s widespread.
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