1. allude and elude
a. allude: refer briefly or indirectly
b. elude: escape skillfully from
The notorious criminal has managed to elude the law, though all evidence alludes to him.
2. momentary and momentous
a. momentary: lasting only a moment
b. momentous: of great importance or significance
A momentary lapse of concentration deprived him of a momentous discovery.
3. pecuniary and penury
a. pecuniary: relating to money
b. penury: extreme poverty
His irresponsible pecuniary habits drove him to penury.
4. veracious and voracious
a. veracious: truthful
b. voracious: greedy in eating, having a very eager approach to an activity
The diary is a veracious record of the voracious reading habits of my friend.
5. appraise and apprise
a. appraise: estimate the value or quality of
b. apprise: inform
The chartered accountant was asked to appraise the stock and apprise the same to the management.
6. prescribe and proscribe
a. prescribe: to authorise use of medicine etc., recommend
b. proscribe: to officially forbid something
Though selling of medicines not prescribed by a doctor is proscribed, the practice is rampant in India.
7. confirm and conform
a. confirm: make firmer or definite
b. conform: make similar, be in accordance with rules, standards
The shopkeeper confirmed that the local product conforms to the standards set by the government.
8. auspices and auspicious
a. auspices: patronage and guidance
b. auspicious: showing signs that promise success
The institute was inaugurated on an auspicious day under the auspices of the Chief Minister.
9. malaise and malice
a. malaise: feeling of illness or uneasiness
b. malice: desire to harm others or to tease
The increasing malice among members of society towards one another is a grim indicator of social malaise that afflicts us.
10. flaunt and flout
a. flaunt: to show off, to display ostentatiously
b. flout: disregard a rule, to refuse to obey
Youngsters take pride in flouting traffic rules and then flaunt such misdemeanours in front of their friends.