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Flair and Flare

Commonly Confused Words


The noun flair means a talent or a distinctive quality or style.

As a noun, flare means a fire or a blazing light. As a verb, flare means to burn with an unsteady flame or shine with a sudden light. Violence, troubles, tempers, and nostrils can flare.


  • "An artist's flair is sometimes worth a scientist's brains." (Anton Chekhov)

  • "Like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us." (Gaston Bachelard)


(a) The bright lantern was mistaken for a distress _____.

(b) Tiger Woods has a _____ for the dramatic and a smile that lights up the screen.

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