Expatiate vs Clarify - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between expatiate and clarify

is that expatiate is (obsolete) to expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden while clarify is (obsolete) to glorify.

As verbs the difference between expatiate and clarify

is that expatiate is to range at large, or without restraint while clarify is to make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.

expatiate

English

Verb

(expatiat)
  • To range at large, or without restraint.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies.
  • To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
  • *1851 ,
  • Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here.
  • * Addison
  • He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.
  • * 2007 , Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
  • *:“It can't fly,” he expatiated . “It can move forward only by hopping.”
  • (obsolete) To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
  • clarify

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
  • * (rfdate) Ure:
  • Boiled and clarified .
  • To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
  • * (rfdate) South:
  • To clarify his reason, and to rectify his will.
  • (ergative) To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
  • * Leave the wine for 24 hours and it will clarify .
  • (ergative) To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
  • (obsolete) To glorify.