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  • CONVINCE, CONVICT - "To convince is 'to satisfy the understanding;' to convict, 'to pronounce guilty.' 'The jury having been convinced of the prisoner's guilt, he was convicted.'"
  • COUNCIL, COUNSEL - A council is "a body of persons convened for consultation." Counsel denotes "advice," or "a person, as a lawyer, engaged to give advice."
  • CREDIBLE, CREDITABLE, CREDULOUS - Credible means "believable." Creditable means "worthy of praise or esteem." Credulous means "too ready to believe; easily imposed upon."
  • CUSTOM, HABIT - Custom denotes the frequent repetition of the same act, and may be used of a number of persons taken together. Habit is the effect of custom in a person.
  • DEADLY, DEATHLY - "Deathly, in the sense of 'resembling death,' as, 'She was deathly pale,' is preferable to deadly, since deadly also means 'inflicting death.'"
  • DECEPTION, DECEIT - Deception is "the act of deceiving"; deceit is "deceitfulness," a trait of character; or a "trick," an "artifice."
  • DECIDED, DECISIVE - "A decided opinion is a strong opinion, which perhaps decides nothing; a decisive opinion settles the question at issue. A lawyer may have decided views on a case; the judgment of a court is decisive."
  • DEMAND, ASK - To demand means "to ask for with authority or with insistence." The use of "demand" in the sense of "ask" is borrowed
  • DEPRECIATE, DEPRECATE - To depreciate means to bring down in value, to disparage; to deprecate means to argue earnestly against or to express regret for.
  • DISCLOSE, DISCOVER - To disclose is "to uncover," "to reveal;" to discover is, in modern usage, "to find."
  • DOMINATE, DOMINEER - To dominate is "to rule;" to domineer is "to rule in an overbearing manner."
  • DRIVE, RIDE - We go driving in carriages, riding in saddles. We drive behind horses, we ride on them.
  • DUMB, STUPID - Dumb properly means "mute," "silent." Its misuse for stupid is partly due, especially in Pennsylvania, to its resemblance to the German dumm.

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