Last Updated : 14 Aug 2015

Homophones - List of Minimal Pairs

HERE IS A LIST OF MINIMAL PAIRS AND OTHER SIMILAR - LOOKING WORDS. PRONOUNCE THEM CORRECTLY WITH THE HELP OF YOUR TEACHER. MAKE SENTENCES OF YOUR OWN TO DISTINGUISH THEM. MEANINGS OF SOME DIFFICULT WORDS ARE GIVEN WITHIN BRACKETS.

Accept - receiveExpect - not including
Access - approachExcess - too much
Adapt - to make fitAdopt - to accept
Acceed - to yieldExceed - to go beyond
Accessary - on who helpsAccessory - Additional
Adverse - unfavourableAverse - disinclined to
Advise - verbAdvice - noun
Affection - loveAffectation - artificial manners
Affect - influenceEffect - accomplish
Allusion - indirect referenceillusion - unreal image
Allude - refer toelude - escape
Amend - alter in order ot improveemend - remove the errors
Amiable - good naturedUnanimous - of one mind
Apposite - suitableOpposite - contrary to
Apprise - informAppraise - evaluate
Ardent - eagerArduous - difficult
Artist - painter, sculotor etc.Artiste - one who performs an art singer, dancer etc.
Artistic - beautifulArtful - cunning
Biannual - half-yearlyBiennial - once in two years
Casual - due to chanceCausal - of a cause
Cemetery - a burial placeSymmetry - hormony
Charted - mappedChartered - hired by contact
Collision - violent hittingCollusion - secret agreement for a wrong purpose
Clemch - tight gripClinch - settle a deal
Climatic - of a climateClimactic - of a climax
Coach - a four-wheeled carriageCouch - bed
Collaborate - work in partnershipCorroborate - confirm something
Coma - unnatural deep sleepComma - (,)
Contagious - spreading by contactContiguous - adjoining
Corporal - of the bodyCorporeal - as opposed to the spirit
Corps - military forcecorpse - dead body
Council - a consulting bodyCounsel - advice
Confirm - establish firmlyConform - comply with
Crumble - break to piecesCrumple - crush into wrinkles

 

Dairy - milk and other milk and other milk productsDiary - notebook of record
Decease - deathDisease - illness
Diseased - sicklyDeceased - dead
Defer - postponeDiffer - be distinct from
Deference - respectDifference - dissimilarity
Descent - climbing downwardsDecent - courteous
Defy - challengeDeify - make a god of worship
Despricate - disapproveDepreciate - Become less in value
Disburse - pay out moneyDisperse - drive away
Draught/Draft - rough outline of any writingDrought/Draut - want of rain
Elicit - draw outIllicit - illegal
Emigrant - a person who leaves his countryImmigrant - a person who comes into a country
Eminent - famousImminent - likely to happen soon
Enervate - to weakenInnervate - to stimulate
Ennumerable - that can be countedInnumerable - that cannot be counted
Exorcise - drive away an evil spiritExercise - practice
Exhausted - tiredExhaustive - thorough
Facility - skillFelicity - great happiness
Facilitate - make easyFelicitate - congratulate
Goal - jailGoal - aim
Ghostly - of a ghoatGhastly - horrible
Heaven - a place of godHaven - a place of safety
Humiliation - beign put to shameHumility - modesty
Hypercritical - over critticalHypocrittical - relating to hypocrisy, flase
Idle - not activeIdeal - perfect, the highest of its kind
Imaginary - unrealImaginative - full of imagination
Immoral - wickedAmoral - not related ot morals
Industrial - of an industry dealing with manufactureIndustrious - hard working
Ingenious - skilful, cleverIngenuous - frank, simple
Licence - nounLicense - verb
Moment - timeMovement - act of moving
Moan - make a low sound of painMourn - regret the death of
Ordinance - law or orderOrdance - the department dealing with military supplies
Occident - the westAccident - a mishap
Petrol - a fuelPatrol - keep watch my moving around
Prosecute - take legal action onPersecute - punish un justly
Potable - fit to drinkPortable - able to carry about
Precede - go beforeProceed - continue to advance
Precedent - a previous case take as an examplePresident - the head or chairman
Quiet - calmQuite - completely
Refuge - sheltter from dangerRefuse - waste material
Septic - infected and full of pusSceptic - one who doubts in
Spacious - roomySpecious - showy but deceptive
Sever - cutSevere - serious
Solitude - lonelinessSolicitude - anxiety
Succession - the coming of one thing after anotherSecession - withdrawing, splitting away
Temporal - worldlyTemporary - not permanent
Thrash - beat with a whipThresh - beat the grain out
Tycoon - a wealthy, powerful industrialistTyphoon - aviolent hurricane
Urban - of a cityUrbane - refined, polished
Venal - dishonestVenial - small, pardonable
Vocation - a person’s regular occupationAvocation - a secondary occupation pursued for pleasure
Wreath - a garland of flowersWreathe - cover or encircle
Wreck - ruinWreak - give expression to, avenge

 

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