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Free daily dose of word power from Merriam-Webster's experts
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2019-09-16 09:46
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2019-09-16 01:00
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16.09.2019

Yooper

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 16, 2019 is: Yooper • \YOO-per\  • noun : a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname Examples: "The district has always...
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15.09.2019

continual

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 15, 2019 is: continual • \kun-TIN-yoo-ul\  • adjective 1 : continuing indefinitely in time without interruption 2 : recurring in steady usually rapid succession ...
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14.09.2019

travail

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 14, 2019 is: travail • \truh-VAIL\  • noun 1 a : work especially of a painful or laborious nature : toil b : a physical or mental exertion or piece of work : task, effor...
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13.09.2019

abscond

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 13, 2019 is: abscond • \ab-SKAHND\  • verb : to depart secretly and hide oneself Examples: "The camera tracked [the black bear] as he moved in a sturdy l...
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12.09.2019

deleterious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 12, 2019 is: deleterious • \del-uh-TEER-ee-us\  • adjective : harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way Examples: "With an injury, the body automatical...
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11.09.2019

repertoire

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 11, 2019 is: repertoire • \REP-er-twahr\  • noun 1 a : a list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform b : a supply ...
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10.09.2019

pell-mell

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 10, 2019 is: pell-mell • \pel-MEL\  • adverb 1 : in mingled confusion or disorder 2 : in confused haste Examples: When the final bell of the day rang, t...
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9.09.2019

olfactory

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 9, 2019 is: olfactory • \ahl-FAK-tuh-ree\  • adjective : of or relating to the sense of smell Examples: "The glands located between the cat's toes secret...
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8.09.2019

bas-relief

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 8, 2019 is: bas-relief • \bah-rih-LEEF\  • noun art : sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is ...
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7.09.2019

germane

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 7, 2019 is: germane • \jer-MAYN\  • adjective : being at once relevant and appropriate : fitting Examples: The message board moderator politely reminded ...
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6.09.2019

skulk

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 6, 2019 is: skulk • \SKULK\  • verb 1 : to move in a stealthy or furtive manner 2 : to hide or conceal something (such as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with...
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5.09.2019

adscititious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 5, 2019 is: adscititious • \ad-suh-TISH-us\  • adjective : derived or acquired from something extrinsic Examples: "We should choose our books as we would...
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4.09.2019

minim

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 4, 2019 is: minim • \MIN-im\  • noun 1 : a musical half note 2 : something very minute 3 : a unit of capacity equal to 1/60 fluid dram Examples: "And y...
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3.09.2019

fecund

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 3, 2019 is: fecund • \FEK-und\  • adjective 1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : prolific 2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree ...
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2.09.2019

extemporize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 2, 2019 is: extemporize • \ik-STEMP-puh-ryze\  • verb 1 : to do something extemporaneously : improvise; especially : to compose, perform, or speak extemporaneously 2 : t...
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1.09.2019

calliope

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 1, 2019 is: calliope • \kuh-LYE-uh-pee\  • noun 1 capitalized Calliope : the Greek Muse of heroic poetry 2 : a keyboard musical instrument resembling an organ and consis...
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31.08.2019

brackish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 31, 2019 is: brackish • \BRACK-ish\  • adjective 1 : somewhat salty 2 a : not appealing to the taste b : repulsive Examples: The mangrove swamp is home to...
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30.08.2019

martinet

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 30, 2019 is: martinet • \mar-tuh-NET\  • noun 1 : a strict disciplinarian 2 : a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods Examp...
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29.08.2019

augur

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 29, 2019 is: augur • \AW-gur\  • verb 1 : to foretell especially from omens 2 : to give promise of : presage Examples: "The new discovery should provide in...
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28.08.2019

irascible

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 28, 2019 is: irascible • \ir-RASS-uh-bul\  • adjective : marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger Examples: That tidy little house belongs to an irasc...
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27.08.2019

desuetude

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 27, 2019 is: desuetude • \DESS-wih-tood\  • noun : discontinuance from use or exercise : disuse Examples: The old bridge, which fell into desuetude after th...
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26.08.2019

wangle

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 26, 2019 is: wangle • \WANG-gul\  • verb 1 : to resort to trickery 2 : to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends 3 : to make or get by devious means : finagl...
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25.08.2019

kludge

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 25, 2019 is: kludge • \KLOOJ\  • noun : a haphazard or makeshift solution to a problem and especially to a computer or programming problem Examples: Andy kn...
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24.08.2019

sporadic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 24, 2019 is: sporadic • \spuh-RAD-ik\  • adjective : occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances Examples: The team's regular meetin...
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24.08.2019

sporadic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 24, 2019 is: sporadic • \spuh-RAD-ik\  • adjective : occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances Examples: The team's regular meetin...
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23.08.2019

excursion

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 23, 2019 is: excursion • \ik-SKER-zhun\  • noun 1 a : a going out or forth : expedition b (1) : a usually brief pleasure trip (2) : a trip at special reduced rates 2 : de...
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22.08.2019

chivy

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 22, 2019 is: chivy • \CHIV-ee\  • verb 1 : to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks 2 : to move or obtain by small maneuvers Examples: Marielle watc...
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21.08.2019

misnomer

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 21, 2019 is: misnomer • \miss-NOH-mer\  • noun 1 : the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument 2 a : a use of a wrong or inappropriate name b : a wrong name or inappro...
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20.08.2019

ethereal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 20, 2019 is: ethereal • \ih-THEER-ee-ul\  • adjective 1 a : of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b : celestial, heavenly c : unworldly, spiritual 2 a : lacking ...
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19.08.2019

brandish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 19, 2019 is: brandish • \BRAN-dish\  • verb 1 : to shake or wave (something, such as a weapon) menacingly 2 : to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner ...
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18.08.2019

hiatus

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 18, 2019 is: hiatus • \hye-AY-tus\  • noun 1 a : a break in or as if in a material object : gap b biology : a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ 2 a : an interr...
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17.08.2019

tortuous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 17, 2019 is: tortuous • \TOR-chuh-wus\  • adjective 1 : marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns : winding 2 a : marked by devious or indirect tactics : crooked, tricky ...
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16.08.2019

satiate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 16, 2019 is: satiate • \SAY-shee-ayt\  • verb : to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess Examples: After eating three pieces of pie and one of...
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15.08.2019

miscible

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 15, 2019 is: miscible • \MISS-uh-bul\  • adjective : capable of being mixed; specifically : capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases Exam...
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14.08.2019

garniture

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 14, 2019 is: garniture • \GAHR-nih-cher\  • noun 1 : embellishment, trimming 2 : a set of decorative objects (such as vases, urns, or clocks) Examples: "Ab...
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13.08.2019

smite

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 13, 2019 is: smite • \SMYTE\  • verb 1 : to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand 2 a : to kill or severely injure by so strik...
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13.08.2019

smite

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 13, 2019 is: smite • \SMYTE\  • verb 1 : to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand 2 a : to kill or severely injure by so strik...
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12.08.2019

plaintive

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 12, 2019 is: plaintive • \PLAYN-tiv\  • adjective : expressive of suffering or woe : melancholy Examples: "Dean Nicholson was pedaling up a hill in Bosnia …...
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11.08.2019

démarche

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 11, 2019 is: démarche • \day-MARSH\  • noun 1 a : a course of action : maneuver b : a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver 2 : a petition or protest presented th...
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10.08.2019

balkanize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 10, 2019 is: balkanize • \BAWL-kuh-nyze\  • verb 1 : to break up (a region, a group, etc.) into smaller and often hostile units 2 : divide, compartmentalize Ex...
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9.08.2019

omnium-gatherum

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 9, 2019 is: omnium-gatherum • \ahm-nee-um-GA-thuh-rum\  • noun : a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons) Examples: "Muldoon's Picnic—the critic...
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8.08.2019

aggregate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 8, 2019 is: aggregate • \AG-rih-gut\  • noun 1 : a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another 2 : the whole sum or amount : sum total ...
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7.08.2019

ransack

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 7, 2019 is: ransack • \RAN-sak\  • verb 1 : to look through thoroughly in often a rough way 2 : to search through and steal from in a forceful and damaging way : plunder ...
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6.08.2019

totem

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 6, 2019 is: totem • \TOH-tum\  • noun 1 a : an object (such as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also : ...
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6.08.2019

totem

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 6, 2019 is: totem • \TOH-tum\  • noun 1 a : an object (such as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also : ...
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5.08.2019

passim

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 5, 2019 is: passim • \PASS-im\  • adverb : in one place and another : here and there Examples: The old cookbooks that once belonged to Michael's grandmother...
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4.08.2019

faze

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 4, 2019 is: faze • \FAYZ\  • verb : to disturb the composure of : disconcert, daunt Examples: My grandfather was a stolid individual who was not easily faze...
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3.08.2019

silly season

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 3, 2019 is: silly season • \SIL-ee-SEE-zun\  • noun 1 : a period (such as late summer) when the mass media often focus on trivial or frivolous matters for lack of major news...
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2.08.2019

clarion

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 2, 2019 is: clarion • \KLAIR-ee-un\  • adjective : brilliantly clear; also : loud and clear Examples: "The guitars take off like fighter planes and [Stef Ch...
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1.08.2019

luftmensch

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 1, 2019 is: luftmensch • \LOOFT-mensh (the "OO" is as in "foot")\  • noun : an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income Examples: ...
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