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Have you ever been so sure about the meaning of a particular word only to have someone tell you otherwise? Well, here is a compilation of 10 most misunderstood words written just for you.

 

Once you learn and understand the actual meaning of those words, you can use them in your speech, and also correct someone who might use such words incorrectly.

 

 

 

 

 

1. ENORMITY
What you think it means: something that is really big; huge
What it really means: something that is really evil; immoral

2. REDUNDANT
What you think it means: something that is useless or has no beneficial use
What it really means: something that is unnecessary; repetitive

3. UNIQUE
What you think it means: something that is odd or unusual
What it really means: something that is the only one of its kind

4. LITERALLY
What you think it means: used to intensify something
What it really means: used to explain something exactly

5. ULTIMATE
What you think it means: something that is special
What it really means: something that is the last item; coming or happening at the end

6. CONVERSATE
What you think it means: to converse
What it really means: absolutely nothing (the word doesn’t exist)

7. DISINTERESTED
What you think it means: to be bored; indifferent
What it really means: to be without bias; impartial

8. IRONIC
What you think it means: something that is funny; amusing
What it really means: something that is the opposite of what was expected

9. BEMUSE
What you think it means: to find something funny
What it really means: to be bewildered or confused

10. FULSOME
What you think it means: a lot of something; plentiful
What it really means: insincere flattering; praising offensively

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