Some people say "obtuse" when they mean "abstruse," and this is unfortunate because "obtuse" is an insult: it means dim-witted. By contrast, "abstruse" refers to something that is difficult to understand in general. To put it another way, just because you have trouble understanding an abstruse concept doesn't mean you're obtuse. Make sure you're not using any of these 70 words (and phrases) wrong.
While these two cover some of the same ground (both are adverbs describing actions that are harmful), "discriminatory" describes an action that is harmful because it unfairly draws a distinction between different categories of people or things (such as age, race, religion, or gender). "Prejudicial" generally describes an action that is harmful. Take this quiz to find out how artful your vocabulary is.
The "oid" in "factoid" can make the word "factoid" appear to mean a small fact, such as a bit of trivia. However, the suffix, "oid," means something that resembles something else. In other words, factoids merely resemble facts. They aren't facts, at all. In fact, factoids are false facts. Find out 10 almost extinct words you should start using ASAP.
The problem with the word "deceptively" is that it's a bit deceptive, so to speak. In other words, it could mean one thing, as well as that thing's exact opposite. So while you may be using it correctly, technically, your audience may not understand what you actually mean. Still with us? For example, if you describe a house as "deceptively small," you may mean that it's quite the opposite of small even though it might appear small. But the person you're talking to may believe that you're saying the house is smaller than it appears.
Belies versus disguises (versus betrays)
These two share some overlap, but they aren't the same and can't necessarily be used interchangeably. Your religion refers to your system of belief or worship in a higher power of some kind (usually a God or gods). Your ethnicity refers to your culturally defined identity.
The words "bisexual" and "pansexual" both refer to a fluidity in one's sexual preferences. But "bisexual" is defined as being attracted to both men and to women. The word, therefore, presumes that there are only two genders. The definition of "pansexual" is defined as being attracted to both men and women, as well as people who identify as no gender or some other gender.