200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (C - E)

A List of Easily Confused Words (page 2)

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Two deer share a dear moment. (Tanya Zminkowski/Getty Images)

Homonyms, homophones, and homographs are words that are easily confused because they look alike or sound alike (or both) but have different meanings. These charts--which list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs--should help you recognize the differences between many commonly confused words.

  1. accept/except to cell/sell (page one)
  2. capital/capitol to eminent/imminent (below)
  3. fair/fare to lie/lye (page three)
  1. meat/meet/mete to role/roll (page four)
  2. scene/seen to whine/wine (page five)

Follow the links below for examples and expanded definitions of the commonly confused words.

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (C - E)

capital - punishable by deathcapital - chief citycapitol - building where legislature meets
ceiling - top of a roomsealing - setting, fastening 
cell - small unitsell - to give up for money 
cent - a pennyscent - an odorsent - past tense of send
chews - gnaws with teethchoose - to select 
cite - mention, quotesight - visionsite - place
coarse - roughcourse - path, procedure 
complement - make completecompliment - praise 
conduct - behaviorconduct - to lead 
council - assemblycounsel - advice, to advise 
days - plural of daydaze - stun 
dear - loved one, valueddeer - the animal 
desert - to abandondesert - dry landdessert - after-dinner treat
die - expiredye - color 
discreet - tactfuldiscrete - distinct 
dual - doubleduel - fight 
elicit - draw outillicit - illegal 
eminent - distinguishedimminent - soon