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  • EGOISTS, EGOISM, EGOTISM - The disciples of Descartes were egoists, the ego being the basis of their philosophy." Egoism is the name of their system.
  • ELIMINATE, ELICIT - To eliminate is to remove, to get rid of; to elicit is to draw out.
  • ENORMITY, ENORMOUSNESS - Enormity is used of deeds of unusual horror; enormousness, of things of unusual size.
  • ESTEEM, ESTIMATE, ESTIMATION - Esteem as a noun seems to be going out of use; the word now commonly used in the sense of "opinion" or "regard" is estimation.
  • ESTIMATE, ESTEEM - To estimate is "to judge the value of;" to esteem is "to set a high value on," especially of persons.
  • EXISTING, EXTANT - That is extant which has escaped the ravages of time (used chiefly of books, manuscripts, etc.); that is existing which has existence.
  • EXPOSE, EXPOUND - To expose is to lay bare to view; to expound is to explain the meaning of
  • FALSITY, FALSENESS - Falsity, in the sense of 'non-conformity to truth,' without any suggestion of blame, is preferable to falseness, since falseness usually implies blame
  • FIRST, SECOND, SECONDLY, etc. - First is both adjective and adverb. Second, third etc., are adjectives only; the corresponding adverbs are secondly, thirdly, etc. Firstly is a vulgarism.
  • FRIGHTEN - Frighten is a transitive verb, and is used correctly in "The locomotive frightened the horse;"
  • FUNNY, ODD - Funny means "comical;" in the sense of "strange" or "odd" it is not in good use.
  • GOOD, WELL - Good is an adjective: the adverb corresponding to it is well. We say, "He had a good sleep;" "He slept well." Well is sometimes an adjective, as in "You look well."
  • HEALTHY, HEALTHFUL, WHOLESOME - That is healthy which is in good health; that is healthful or wholesome which produces health. Wholesome commonly applies to food.
  • HIRE, LET, LEASE - To hire means "to obtain the use of;" to let, "to give the use of." To lease means "to give the use of by lease."

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