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Free daily dose of word power from Merriam-Webster's experts
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2019-04-18 12:56
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2019-04-18 01:00
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18.04.2019

adversary

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 18, 2019 is: adversary • \AD-ver-sair-ee\  • noun : one that contends with, opposes, or resists : an enemy or opponent Examples: Despite the fact that they h...
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17.04.2019

gullible

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 17, 2019 is: gullible • \GULL-uh-bul\  • adjective : easily duped or cheated Examples: "I'm not so gullible as to think I really won this cash sweepstakes," ...
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16.04.2019

shanghai

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 16, 2019 is: shanghai • \shang-HYE\  • verb 1 a : to put aboard a ship by force often with the help of liquor or a drug  b : to put by force or threat of force into or as if...
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15.04.2019

katzenjammer

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2019 is: katzenjammer • \KAT-sun-jam-er\  • noun 1 : hangover 2 : distress, depression, or confusion resembling that caused by a hangover 3 : a discordant clamor ...
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15.04.2019

katzenjammer

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2019 is: katzenjammer • \KAT-sun-jam-er\  • noun 1 : hangover 2 : distress, depression, or confusion resembling that caused by a hangover 3 : a discordant clamor ...
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14.04.2019

veritable

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 14, 2019 is: veritable • \VAIR-uh-tuh-bul\  • adjective : being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary — often used to stress the aptness of a metaphor ...
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13.04.2019

cubit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 13, 2019 is: cubit • \KYOO-bit\  • noun : any of various ancient units of length based on the length of the forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger and usually...
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12.04.2019

thole

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 12, 2019 is: thole • \THOHL\  • verb chiefly dialectal : endure Examples: "There was now temptation to resist, as well as pain to thole." — Robert Louis Stev...
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11.04.2019

despot

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 11, 2019 is: despot • \DESS-putt\  • noun 1 a : a ruler with absolute power and authority b : one exercising power tyrannically : a person exercising absolute power in a bru...
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10.04.2019

Parthian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 10, 2019 is: Parthian • \PAR-thee-un\  • adjective 1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Parthia or its people 2 : relating to, being, or having the effect of a ...
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9.04.2019

opusculum

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 9, 2019 is: opusculum • \oh-PUSK-yuh-lum\  • noun : a minor work (as of literature) — usually used in plural Examples: The book is a collection of opuscula w...
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8.04.2019

cerebral

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 8, 2019 is: cerebral • \suh-REE-brul\  • adjective 1 a : of or relating to the brain or the intellect b : of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum 2 a : appealing ...
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7.04.2019

sashay

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 7, 2019 is: sashay • \sa-SHAY\  • verb 1 : to make a chassé 2 a : walk, glide, go b : to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous manner c : to proceed or mov...
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6.04.2019

moiety

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 6, 2019 is: moiety • \MOY-uh-tee\  • noun 1 a : one of two equal parts : half b : one of two approximately equal parts 2 : one of the portions into which something is divid...
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5.04.2019

brummagem

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 5, 2019 is: brummagem • \BRUM-ih-jum\  • adjective : not genuine : spurious; also : cheaply showy : tawdry Examples: The members of the bachelorette party st...
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4.04.2019

rowel

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 4, 2019 is: rowel • \ROWL\  • verb 1 : to goad with or as if with a pointed disk at the end of a spur 2 : vex, trouble Examples: "He folded the book shut, t...
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3.04.2019

arduous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 3, 2019 is: arduous • \AHR-juh-wus\  • adjective 1 a : hard to accomplish or achieve : difficult b : marked by great labor or effort : strenuous 2 : hard to climb : steep ...
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2.04.2019

fantod

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 2, 2019 is: fantod • \FAN-tahd\  • noun 1 plural fantods a : a state of irritability and tension b : fidgets 2 : an emotional outburst : fit Examples: The ...
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1.04.2019

hoodwink

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 1, 2019 is: hoodwink • \HOOD-wink\  • verb : to deceive by false appearance : dupe Examples: All would be wise to remember that we're especially likely to be...
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1.04.2019

hoodwink

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 1, 2019 is: hoodwink • \HOOD-wink\  • verb : to deceive by false appearance : dupe Examples: All would be wise to remember that we're especially likely to be...
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31.03.2019

etiquette

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 31, 2019 is: etiquette • \ET-ih-kut\  • noun : the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life ...
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30.03.2019

scrumptious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 30, 2019 is: scrumptious • \SKRUMP-shus\  • adjective : delightful, excellent; especially : delicious Examples: I prepared a scrumptious chocolate cake for o...
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29.03.2019

comminute

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 29, 2019 is: comminute • \KAH-muh-noot\  • verb : to reduce to minute particles : pulverize Examples: "Type III fractures are comminuted (involve multiple br...
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28.03.2019

polyglot

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 28, 2019 is: polyglot • \PAH-lee-glaht\  • adjective 1 a : speaking or writing several languages : multilingual b : composed of numerous linguistic groups  2 : containing m...
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27.03.2019

litmus test

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 27, 2019 is: litmus test • \LIT-mus-TEST\  • noun : a test in which a single factor (such as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive Examples: For Curtis, t...
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26.03.2019

decoct

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 26, 2019 is: decoct • \dih-KAHKT\  • verb 1 : to extract the flavor of by boiling 2 : boil down, concentrate Examples: "Though the taste is a bonus, the rea...
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25.03.2019

bower

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 25, 2019 is: bower • \BOW-er\  • noun 1 : an attractive dwelling or retreat 2 : a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle 3 : a shelter (as in a garden) made ...
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24.03.2019

magniloquent

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 24, 2019 is: magniloquent • \mag-NIL-uh-kwunt\  • adjective : speaking in or characterized by a high-flown often bombastic style or manner Examples: The magn...
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23.03.2019

reverberate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 23, 2019 is: reverberate • \rih-VER-buh-rayt\  • verb 1 : to reflect or become reflected 2 : to repel or become driven back 3 : to continue in or as if in a series of echoe...
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22.03.2019

purview

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 22, 2019 is: purview • \PER-vyoo\  • noun 1 a : the body or enacting part of a statute b : the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute 2 : the range or limit of authority, co...
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21.03.2019

hamartia

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 21, 2019 is: hamartia • \hah-mahr-TEE-uh\  • noun : a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy : tragic flaw Examples: Greed...
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20.03.2019

canker

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 20, 2019 is: canker • \KANG-ker\  • verb 1 : to become infested with erosive or spreading sores 2 : to corrupt the spirit of 3 : to become corrupted Exampl...
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19.03.2019

orthography

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 19, 2019 is: orthography • \or-THAH-gruh-fee\  • noun 1 a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation of the sounds...
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19.03.2019

orthography

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 19, 2019 is: orthography • \or-THAH-gruh-fee\  • noun 1 a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation of the sounds...
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18.03.2019

parabolic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 18, 2019 is: parabolic • \pair-uh-BAH-lik\  • adjective 1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical 2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the in...
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17.03.2019

smithereens

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 17, 2019 is: smithereens • \smih-thuh-REENZ\  • plural noun : fragments, bits Examples: "For the Soviet Union, it didn't matter that Luna 2, which became the...
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16.03.2019

encroach

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 16, 2019 is: encroach • \in-KROHCH\  • verb 1 : to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another 2 : to advance beyond the usual or proper l...
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15.03.2019

two-bit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 15, 2019 is: two-bit • \TOO-BIT\  • adjective 1 : cheap or trivial of its kind : petty, small-time 2 : of the value of two bits Examples: "In 1956, he publi...
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14.03.2019

animadversion

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 14, 2019 is: animadversion • \an-uh-mad-VER-zhun\  • noun 1 : a critical and usually censorious remark — often used with on 2 : adverse criticism Examples: ...
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13.03.2019

zero-sum

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 13, 2019 is: zero-sum • \ZEER-oh-SUM\  • adjective : of, relating to, or being a situation (such as a game or relationship) in which a gain for one side entails a correspondi...
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12.03.2019

delate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 12, 2019 is: delate • \dih-LAYT\  • verb 1 : accuse, denounce 2 : report, relate Examples: Hepzibah was brought to trial after being delated for the practic...
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12.03.2019

delate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 12, 2019 is: delate • \dih-LAYT\  • verb 1 : accuse, denounce 2 : report, relate Examples: Hepzibah was brought to trial after being delated for the practic...
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11.03.2019

bathetic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 11, 2019 is: bathetic • \buh-THET-ik\  • adjective : characterized by triteness or sentimentalism Examples: "The TV people inevitably reduce history to a ser...
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10.03.2019

newspeak

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 10, 2019 is: newspeak • \NOO-speek\  • noun, often capitalized : propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings ...
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9.03.2019

cap-a-pie

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 9, 2019 is: cap-a-pie • \kap-uh-PEE\  • adverb : from head to foot Examples: The birthday girl—dressed cap-a-pie as a princess, from tiara to sequined slippe...
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8.03.2019

shard

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 8, 2019 is: shard • \SHAHRD\  • noun 1 a : a piece or fragment of a brittle substance; broadly : a small piece or part : scrap b : shell, scale; especially : elytron 2 : a ...
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7.03.2019

Mirandize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 7, 2019 is: Mirandize • \muh-RAN-dyze\  • verb : to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest) Examples: "Miranda warnings only kick in if you're...
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6.03.2019

abecedarian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 6, 2019 is: abecedarian • \ay-bee-see-DAIR-ee-un\  • adjective 1 a : of or relating to the alphabet b : alphabetically arranged 2 : rudimentary Examples: T...
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5.03.2019

leviathan

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 5, 2019 is: leviathan • \luh-VYE-uh-thun\  • noun 1 a often capitalized Leviathan : a sea monster defeated by Yahweh in various scriptural accounts b : a large sea animal 2...
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4.03.2019

feisty

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 4, 2019 is: feisty • \FYE-stee\  • adjective 1 chiefly Southern US and Midland US a : full of nervous energy : fidgety   b : touchy, quarrelsome   c : exuberantly frisky ...
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