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Free daily dose of word power from Merriam-Webster's experts
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2019-02-23 06:04
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23.02.2019

chockablock

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 23, 2019 is: chockablock • \CHAH-kuh-blahk\  • adjective 1 : brought close together 2 : very full Examples: "The one-square-mile borough is chockablock w...
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22.02.2019

minion

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 22, 2019 is: minion • \MIN-yun\  • noun 1 : a servile dependent, follower, or underling 2 : one highly favored : idol 3 : a subordinate or petty official Ex...
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21.02.2019

hoopla

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 21, 2019 is: hoopla • \HOO-plah\  • noun 1 : excited commotion : to-do 2 : exaggerated or sensational promotion or publicity : ballyhoo Examples: "Ideas ...
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20.02.2019

obsequious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 20, 2019 is: obsequious • \ub-SEE-kwee-us\  • adjective : marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness Examples: "Not pleasing others enough amounts to...
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19.02.2019

emote

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 19, 2019 is: emote • \ih-MOHT\  • verb : to give expression to emotion especially in acting Examples: "It's not always immediately obvious, but sometimes ...
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18.02.2019

prestigious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 18, 2019 is: prestigious • \preh-STIH-juss\  • adjective 1 archaic : of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery 2 : having an illustrious name or repu...
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17.02.2019

disavow

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 17, 2019 is: disavow • \dis-uh-VOW\  • verb 1 : to deny responsibility for : repudiate 2 : to refuse to acknowledge or accept : disclaim Examples: It see...
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16.02.2019

gibbous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 16, 2019 is: gibbous • \JIB-us\  • adjective 1 a : marked by convexity or swelling b of the moon or a planet : seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk i...
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15.02.2019

apotheosis

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 15, 2019 is: apotheosis • \uh-pah-thee-OH-sis\  • noun 1 a : the perfect form or example of something : quintessence b : the highest or best part of something : peak 2 :...
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14.02.2019

heartstring

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 14, 2019 is: heartstring • \HAHRT-string\  • noun : the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural Examples: "While on Facebook, have you eve...
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13.02.2019

cacophony

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 13, 2019 is: cacophony • \ka-KAH-fuh-nee\  • noun 1 : harsh or discordant sound : dissonance; specifically : harshness in the sound of words or phrases 2 : an incongruous...
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12.02.2019

teem

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 12, 2019 is: teem • \TEEM\  • verb 1 : to become filled to overflowing : abound 2 : to be present in large quantity Examples: "On Friday, Tselikis stood ...
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11.02.2019

bardolater

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 11, 2019 is: bardolater • \bar-DAH-luh-ter\  • noun : a person who idolizes Shakespeare Examples: The song retells the story of "Othello," but in such sub...
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10.02.2019

finicky

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 10, 2019 is: finicky • \FIN-ih-kee\  • adjective 1 : extremely or excessively particular, exacting, or meticulous in taste or standards 2 : requiring much care, precision...
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9.02.2019

prescind

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 9, 2019 is: prescind • \prih-SIND\  • verb 1 : to withdraw one's attention 2 : to detach for purposes of thought Examples: "But to frame an abstract idea...
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8.02.2019

wiseacre

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 8, 2019 is: wiseacre • \WYZE-ay-ker\  • noun : one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; especially : smart aleck Examples: "Regardless of how they cho...
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7.02.2019

abstruse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 7, 2019 is: abstruse • \ub-STROOSS\  • adjective : difficult to comprehend : recondite Examples: "Today's physics breakthroughs tend to be so abstruse tha...
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6.02.2019

ratiocination

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 6, 2019 is: ratiocination • \rat-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun\  • noun 1 : the process of exact thinking : reasoning 2 : a reasoned train of thought Examples: "It ...
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5.02.2019

mettlesome

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 5, 2019 is: mettlesome • \MET-ul-sum\  • adjective : full of vigor and stamina : spirited Examples: "'I like this place because everything they have can k...
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4.02.2019

condone

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 4, 2019 is: condone • \kun-DOHN\  • verb : to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless Examples: The school h...
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3.02.2019

senescence

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 3, 2019 is: senescence • \sih-NESS-unss\  • noun 1 : the state of being old : the process of becoming old 2 : the growth phase in a plant or plant part (such as a leaf) f...
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2.02.2019

portend

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 2, 2019 is: portend • \por-TEND\  • verb 1 : to give an omen or anticipatory sign of 2 : indicate, signify Examples: The old saying about a halo around t...
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1.02.2019

largesse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 1, 2019 is: largesse • \lahr-ZHESS\  • noun 1 : liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also : something so given 2 : generosity Examples: ...
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31.01.2019

raddled

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 31, 2019 is: raddled • \RAD-uld\  • adjective 1 : being in a state of confusion : lacking composure 2 : broken-down, worn Examples: We were met at the doo...
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30.01.2019

proliferate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 30, 2019 is: proliferate • \pruh-LIF-uh-rayt\  • verb 1 : to grow or cause to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring 2 : to increase or cause to ...
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29.01.2019

charisma

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 29, 2019 is: charisma • \kuh-RIZ-muh\  • noun 1 : a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (such as a political lea...
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28.01.2019

sleuth

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 28, 2019 is: sleuth • \SLOOTH\  • verb 1 : to act as a detective : search for information 2 : to search for and discover Examples: "Farmer would go sleuth...
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27.01.2019

foray

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 27, 2019 is: foray • \FOR-ay\  • noun 1 : a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils : raid 2 : an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a...
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26.01.2019

doldrums

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 26, 2019 is: doldrums • \DOHL-drumz\  • plural noun 1 : a spell of listlessness or despondency 2 often capitalized Doldrums : a part of the ocean near the equator aboundin...
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25.01.2019

myopic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 25, 2019 is: myopic • \mye-OH-pik\  • adjective 1 : affected by myopia : of, relating to, or exhibiting myopia : nearsighted 2 : lacking in foresight or discernment : narr...
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24.01.2019

adjudicate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 24, 2019 is: adjudicate • \uh-JOO-dih-kayt\  • verb 1 : to make an official decision about who is right in (a dispute) : to settle judicially 2 : to act as judge ...
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23.01.2019

imbroglio

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 23, 2019 is: imbroglio • \im-BROHL-yoh\  • noun 1 a : an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding b : a circumstance or action that offends propriety or establishe...
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22.01.2019

cumulate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2019 is: cumulate • \KYOO-myuh-layt\  • verb 1 : to gather or pile in a heap 2 : to combine into one 3 : to build up by addition of new material Examples...
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21.01.2019

substantive

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2019 is: substantive • \SUB-stun-tiv\  • adjective 1 : having substance : involving matters of major or practical importance to all concerned 2 : considerable in amoun...
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20.01.2019

wherewithal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2019 is: wherewithal • \WAIR-wih-thawl\  • noun : means or resources for purchasing or doing something; specifically : financial resources : money Examples...
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19.01.2019

gargantuan

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2019 is: gargantuan • \gahr-GAN-chuh-wuhn\  • adjective : tremendous in size, volume, or degree : gigantic, colossal Examples: "In 1920, the town counc...
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18.01.2019

teetotaler

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2019 is: teetotaler • \TEE-TOH-tuh-ler\  • noun : one who practices or advocates teetotalism : one who abstains completely from alcoholic drinks Examples: ...
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17.01.2019

farouche

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 17, 2019 is: farouche • \fuh-ROOSH\  • adjective 1 : unruly or disorderly : wild 2 : marked by shyness and lack of social graces Examples: "Though she wro...
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16.01.2019

nomothetic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 16, 2019 is: nomothetic • \nah-muh-THET-ik\  • adjective : relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws Examples:...
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15.01.2019

liaison

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 15, 2019 is: liaison • \LEE-uh-zahn\  • noun 1 : a binding or thickening agent used in cooking 2 a : a close bond or connection : interrelationship b : an illicit sexual ...
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14.01.2019

mea culpa

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 14, 2019 is: mea culpa • \may-uh-KOOL-puh\  • noun : a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error Examples: The mayor's public mea culpa for his invo...
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13.01.2019

clement

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 13, 2019 is: clement • \KLEM-unt\  • adjective 1 : inclined to be merciful : lenient  2 : not severe : mild Examples: The judge decided to be clement and ...
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12.01.2019

boycott

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 12, 2019 is: boycott • \BOY-kaht\  • verb : to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (a person, a store, an organization, etc.) usually to express disapproval...
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11.01.2019

syllogism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 11, 2019 is: syllogism • \SIL-uh-jiz-um\  • noun 1 : a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion 2 : a subtle, speci...
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10.01.2019

venal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 10, 2019 is: venal • \VEE-nul\  • adjective 1 : capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration : purchasable; especially : open to corrupt in...
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9.01.2019

behest

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 9, 2019 is: behest • \bih-HEST\  • noun 1 : an authoritative order : command 2 : an urgent prompting Examples: "Let's be clear on this, in the case of a f...
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8.01.2019

malinger

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 8, 2019 is: malinger • \muh-LING-gur\  • verb : to pretend or exaggerate incapacity or illness (as to avoid duty or work) Examples: Sarah's prospects for p...
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7.01.2019

demotic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 7, 2019 is: demotic • \dih-MAH-tik\  • adjective 1 : of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing 2 : of or relating to people...
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6.01.2019

paradigm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 6, 2019 is: paradigm • \PAIR-uh-dyme\  • noun 1 : example, pattern; especially : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype 2 : an example of a conjugation or ...
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5.01.2019

eclectic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 5, 2019 is: eclectic • \ih-KLEK-tik\  • adjective 1 : composed of elements drawn from various sources; also : heterogeneous 2 : selecting what appears to be best in variou...
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