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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.

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Free daily dose of word power from Merriam-Webster's experts
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2019-07-19 12:58
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2019-07-19 01:00
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19.07.2019

gnomic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 19, 2019 is: gnomic • \NOH-mik\  • adjective 1 : characterized by aphorism 2 : given to the composition of aphoristic writing Examples: "That narrative pow...
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18.07.2019

speculate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 18, 2019 is: speculate • \SPEK-yuh-layt\  • verb 1 a : to meditate on or ponder a subject : reflect b : to review something idly or casually and often inconclusively 2 : to ...
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17.07.2019

provender

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 17, 2019 is: provender • \PRAH-vun-der\  • noun 1 : dry food for domestic animals : feed 2 : food, victuals Examples: The restaurant's chef-owner prides hims...
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16.07.2019

auxiliary

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 16, 2019 is: auxiliary • \awg-ZILL-yuh-ree\  • adjective 1 a : offering or providing help b : functioning in a subsidiary capacity 2 of a verb : accompanying another verb an...
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15.07.2019

nosegay

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 15, 2019 is: nosegay • \NOHZ-gay\  • noun : a small bunch of flowers : posy Examples: "On arrival, the Queen was presented with her traditional nosegay of fre...
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14.07.2019

embezzle

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 14, 2019 is: embezzle • \im-BEZZ-ul\  • verb : to appropriate (something, such as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use Examples: Th...
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13.07.2019

torrid

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 13, 2019 is: torrid • \TOR-id\  • adjective 1 a : parched with heat especially of the sun : hot b : giving off intense heat : scorching 2 : ardent, passionate E...
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12.07.2019

dearth

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 12, 2019 is: dearth • \DERTH\  • noun 1 : scarcity that makes dear; specifically : famine 2 : an inadequate supply : lack Examples: "In an age of extreme pola...
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11.07.2019

ostentatious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 11, 2019 is: ostentatious • \ah-stun-TAY-shus\  • adjective : attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy often by gaudiness or obviousness : overly elabor...
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10.07.2019

lionize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 10, 2019 is: lionize • \LYE-uh-nyze\  • verb : to treat as an object of great interest or importance Examples: While her name was not attached to her books in...
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9.07.2019

flair

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 9, 2019 is: flair • \FLAIR\  • noun 1 : a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something : talent; also : inclination, tendency 2 : a uniquely attra...
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8.07.2019

metathesis

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 8, 2019 is: metathesis • \muh-TATH-uh-sis\  • noun : a change of place or condition: such as a : transposition of two phonemes in a word b : a chemical reaction in which dif...
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7.07.2019

churlish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 7, 2019 is: churlish • \CHUR-lish\  • adjective 1 : of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl : vulgar 2 : marked by a lack of civility or graciousness : surly   3 : di...
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6.07.2019

planet

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 6, 2019 is: planet • \PLAN-ut\  • noun 1 a (1) : any of the large bodies that revolve around the sun in the solar system (2) : a similar body associated with another star b :...
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5.07.2019

inkhorn

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 5, 2019 is: inkhorn • \INK-horn\  • adjective : ostentatiously learned : pedantic Examples: Richard's use of inkhorn terminology in his essay didn't impress h...
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4.07.2019

girandole

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 4, 2019 is: girandole • \JEER-un-dohl\  • noun 1 : a radiating and showy composition (such as a cluster of skyrockets fired together) 2 : an ornamental branched candlestick ...
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3.07.2019

sedulous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 3, 2019 is: sedulous • \SEJ-uh-lus\  • adjective 1 : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance 2 : diligent in application or pursuit Examples: "To...
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2.07.2019

burgeon

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 2, 2019 is: burgeon • \BER-jun\  • verb 1 a : to send forth new growth (such as buds or branches) : sprout b : bloom 2 : to grow and expand rapidly : flourish E...
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1.07.2019

afflatus

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 1, 2019 is: afflatus • \uh-FLAY-tus\  • noun : a divine imparting of knowledge or power : inspiration Examples: "Allmusic lists quite a few tunes called 'Crys...
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30.06.2019

plummy

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 30, 2019 is: plummy • \PLUMM-ee\  • adjective 1 a : full of plums b : choice, desirable 2 a : having a plum color b : rich and mellow often to the point of affectation ...
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29.06.2019

higgledy-piggledy

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 29, 2019 is: higgledy-piggledy • \hig-ul-dee-PIG-ul-dee\  • adverb : in a confused, disordered, or random manner Examples: Maya took a deep breath and began t...
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28.06.2019

volition

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 28, 2019 is: volition • \voh-LISH-un\  • noun 1 : the power of choosing or determining : will 2 : an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made ...
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27.06.2019

acquisitive

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 27, 2019 is: acquisitive • \uh-KWIZ-uh-tiv\  • adjective : strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing Examples: The game aims to teach middle schoolers to ...
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26.06.2019

supersede

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 26, 2019 is: supersede • \soo-per-SEED\  • verb 1 a : to cause to be set aside b : to force out of use as inferior 2 : to take the place or position of 3 : to displace in f...
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25.06.2019

gritty

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 25, 2019 is: gritty • \GRIT-ee\  • adjective 1 : containing or resembling grit 2 : courageously persistent : plucky 3 : having strong qualities of tough uncompromising reali...
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24.06.2019

contraption

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 24, 2019 is: contraption • \kun-TRAP-shun\  • noun : device, gadget Examples: "In Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation worked with an engineering com...
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23.06.2019

lade

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 23, 2019 is: lade • \LAYD\  • verb 1 a : to put a load or burden on or in : load b : to put or place as a load especially for shipment : ship c : to load heavily or oppressi...
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22.06.2019

puckish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 22, 2019 is: puckish • \PUCK-ish\  • adjective : impish, whimsical Examples: "Ms. Jamon, with her charm and puckish humor, makes the restaurant feel like a ho...
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21.06.2019

tonsorial

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 21, 2019 is: tonsorial • \tahn-SOR-ee-ul\  • adjective : of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber Examples: "Once again Ryan's Barber Shop and Shavi...
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20.06.2019

demeanor

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 20, 2019 is: demeanor • \dih-MEE-ner\  • noun : behavior toward others : outward manner Examples: The professor's friendly and laid-back demeanor made him a f...
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19.06.2019

insuperable

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 19, 2019 is: insuperable • \in-SOO-puh-ruh-bul\  • adjective : incapable of being surmounted, overcome, passed over, or solved Examples: Though it had appeare...
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18.06.2019

boilerplate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 18, 2019 is: boilerplate • \BOY-ler-playt\  • noun 1 : syndicated material supplied especially to weekly newspapers in matrix or plate form 2 a : standardized text b : formu...
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17.06.2019

flounce

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 17, 2019 is: flounce • \FLOUNSS\  • verb 1 a : to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions b : to go with sudden determination 2 : flounder, struggle Examp...
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16.06.2019

assiduous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 16, 2019 is: assiduous • \uh-SIJ-uh-wus\  • adjective : showing great care, attention, and effort : marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application ...
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15.06.2019

recidivism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 15, 2019 is: recidivism • \rih-SID-uh-viz-um\  • noun : a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially : relapse into criminal behavior ...
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14.06.2019

oneiric

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 14, 2019 is: oneiric • \oh-NYE-rik\  • adjective : of or relating to dreams : dreamy Examples: The paintings, filled with fantastical imagery conjured by the ...
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13.06.2019

scrutinize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 13, 2019 is: scrutinize • \SKROO-tuh-nyze\  • verb 1 : to examine closely and minutely    2 : to make a scrutiny Examples: "I think the biggest misconception...
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12.06.2019

equivocal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 12, 2019 is: equivocal • \ih-KWIV-uh-kul\  • adjective 1 a : subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse b : uncertain as an indication or s...
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11.06.2019

chasten

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 11, 2019 is: chasten • \CHAY-sun\  • verb 1 : to correct by punishment or suffering : discipline; also : purify 2 a : to prune (something, such as a work or style of art) of ...
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10.06.2019

ineffable

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 10, 2019 is: ineffable • \in-EFF-uh-bul\  • adjective 1 a : incapable of being expressed in words : indescribable b : inexpressibly bad : unspeakable 2 : not to be uttered :...
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9.06.2019

vocation

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 9, 2019 is: vocation • \voh-KAY-shun\  • noun 1 a : a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; especially : a divine call to the religious life...
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8.06.2019

quibble

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 8, 2019 is: quibble • \KWIB-ul\  • verb 1 : to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words 2 a : to find fault by raising trivial or frivolous objection b : to en...
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7.06.2019

bombast

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 7, 2019 is: bombast • \BAHM-bast\  • noun : pretentious inflated speech or writing Examples: Laura complained that the editorial columns in her local newspape...
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6.06.2019

kinetic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 6, 2019 is: kinetic • \kuh-NET-ik\  • adjective 1 : of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith 2 a : active, lively b : d...
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5.06.2019

malapert

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 5, 2019 is: malapert • \mal-uh-PERT\  • adjective : impudently bold : saucy Examples: "Fair ladies, brave knights, churls, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, me...
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4.06.2019

amalgamate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 4, 2019 is: amalgamate • \uh-MAL-guh-mayt\  • verb : to unite in or as if in a mixture of elements; especially : to merge into a single body Examples: "Rolls-...
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4.06.2019

amalgamate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 4, 2019 is: amalgamate • \uh-MAL-guh-mayt\  • verb : to unite in or as if in a mixture of elements; especially : to merge into a single body Examples: "Rolls-...
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3.06.2019

nuance

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 3, 2019 is: nuance • \NOO-ahnss\  • noun 1 : a subtle distinction or variation 2 : a subtle quality : nicety 3 : sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate...
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2.06.2019

circumspect

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 2, 2019 is: circumspect • \SER-kum-spekt\  • adjective : careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences : prudent Examples: "The response in ...
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1.06.2019

nectar

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 1, 2019 is: nectar • \NEK-ter\  • noun 1 a : the drink of the Greek and Roman gods b : something delicious to drink c : a beverage of fruit juice and pulp 2 : a sweet liqui...
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