E is for

Elicit, v. to draw out
Illicit, adj. unauthorized, not approved

After several hours of questioning, the police elicited a full confession from Bill about his sales of illicit materials.

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Elude, v. to avoid, escape
Allude, v. to refer to indirectly, suggest

Bill had eluded the authorities for some time; they only found him because a former “colleague” had alluded to his typical hangout.

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Eye, n. what you see with
I, pron. first person singular, nominative,
used by speaker when he/she is the subject of a sentence
Aye, adv. yes

Bill had clearly been in a fight, his left eye bloodied and bruised. I approached the witness stand to begin questioning, asking first whether he was okay. “Aye,” he replied. “It’s only a surface wound.”

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Effect, n. a result
v. to bring about
Affect, v. to act on

Bill’s testimony had affected those in the courtroom. As the jury left to deliberate the effect of his crimes, I prayed the jurors would take the opportunity to effect change for this man and return a verdict of not guilty.

 

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Definitions used or adapted from dictionary.com
See also: Intro, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Outro

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