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Free daily dose of word power from Merriam-Webster's experts
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2019-11-16 16:49
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16.11.2019

officious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 16, 2019 is: officious • \uh-FISH-us\  • adjective 1 : volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : meddlesome 2 : informal, unofficial ...
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15.11.2019

white elephant

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 15, 2019 is: white elephant • \WYTE-EL-uh-funt\  • noun 1 : a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit 2 : an object no longer of value to its ...
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14.11.2019

incongruous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 14, 2019 is: incongruous • \in-KAHN-gruh-wus\  • adjective : lacking congruity: as a : not harmonious : incompatible b : not conforming : disagreeing c : inconsistent w...
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13.11.2019

gambit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 13, 2019 is: gambit • \GAM-bit\  • noun 1 : a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position 2 a (1) : a remark...
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12.11.2019

bruit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 12, 2019 is: bruit • \BROOT\  • verb : report, rumor — usually used with about Examples: "Analysts have bruited about the notion that Comcast and Disney m...
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11.11.2019

armistice

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 11, 2019 is: armistice • \AHR-muh-stus\  • noun : temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce Examples: The Kore...
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10.11.2019

teleological

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 10, 2019 is: teleological • \tel-ee-uh-LAH-jih-kul\  • adjective : exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature Examples: "The standar...
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9.11.2019

aphorism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 9, 2019 is: aphorism • \AF-uh-riz-um\  • noun 1 : a concise statement of a principle 2 : a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment : adage 3 : an ingeniously terse sty...
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8.11.2019

lyric

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 8, 2019 is: lyric • \LEER-ik\  • adjective 1 a : suitable for singing to the lyre or for being set to music and sung b : of, relating to, or being drama set to music; esp...
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7.11.2019

espouse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 7, 2019 is: espouse • \ih-SPOWZ\  • verb 1 : marry 2 : to take up and support as a cause : become attached to Examples: "Tradition associates [the per...
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6.11.2019

chilblain

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 6, 2019 is: chilblain • \CHIL-blayn\  • noun : an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold Examples: "If you tho...
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5.11.2019

posthaste

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 5, 2019 is: posthaste • \POHST-HAYST\  • adverb : with all possible speed Examples: "You must leave posthaste," Virginia theatrically admonished her guest...
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4.11.2019

sobriquet

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 4, 2019 is: sobriquet • \SOH-brih-kay\  • noun : a descriptive name or epithet : nickname Examples: "As a member of Congress, he voted against so many bil...
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3.11.2019

fraught

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 3, 2019 is: fraught • \FRAWT\  • adjective 1 : full of or accompanied by something specified — used with with 2 : causing or characterized by emotional distress or tensio...
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2.11.2019

dilapidated

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 2, 2019 is: dilapidated • \duh-LAP-uh-day-tud\  • adjective : decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse Examples...
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1.11.2019

apocryphal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 1, 2019 is: apocryphal • \uh-PAH-kruh-ful\  • adjective 1 : of doubtful authenticity : spurious 2 often capitalized Apocryphal : of or resembling the Apocrypha ...
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31.10.2019

phantasm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 31, 2019 is: phantasm • \FAN-taz-um\  • noun 1 : a product of fantasy: as a : delusive appearance : illusion b : ghost, specter c : a figment of the imagination 2 : a m...
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30.10.2019

respite

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 30, 2019 is: respite • \RESS-pit\  • noun 1 : a period of temporary delay 2 : an interval of rest or relief Examples: The station's meteorologist had pred...
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29.10.2019

lackadaisical

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 29, 2019 is: lackadaisical • \lak-uh-DAY-zih-kul\  • adjective : lacking life, spirit, or zest : languid Examples: "What used to be a bar with barely passa...
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29.10.2019

lackadaisical

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 29, 2019 is: lackadaisical • \lak-uh-DAY-zih-kul\  • adjective : lacking life, spirit, or zest : languid Examples: "What used to be a bar with barely passa...
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28.10.2019

undulate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 28, 2019 is: undulate • \UN-juh-layt\  • verb 1 : to form or move in waves : fluctuate 2 : to rise and fall in volume, pitch, or cadence 3 : to present a wavy appearance ...
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27.10.2019

pedagogical

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 27, 2019 is: pedagogical • \ped-uh-GAH-jih-kul\  • adjective : of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education Examples: New teachers will be evaluate...
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26.10.2019

aerie

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 26, 2019 is: aerie • \AIR-ee\  • noun 1 : the nest of a bird on a cliff or a mountaintop 2 : an elevated often secluded dwelling, structure, or position Examp...
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25.10.2019

coruscate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 25, 2019 is: coruscate • \KOR-uh-skayt\  • verb 1 : to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes : sparkle 2 : to be brilliant or showy in technique or style ...
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24.10.2019

Noachian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 24, 2019 is: Noachian • \noh-AY-kee-un\  • adjective 1 : of or relating to the patriarch Noah or his time 2 : ancient, antiquated Examples: "So you though...
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23.10.2019

spoonerism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 23, 2019 is: spoonerism • \SPOO-nuh-riz-um\  • noun : a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words (as in tons of soil for sons of toil) Exam...
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22.10.2019

fiduciary

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 22, 2019 is: fiduciary • \fuh-DOO-shee-air-ee\  • adjective : of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust: such as a : held or founded in trust or confidence b : ...
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21.10.2019

comprise

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 21, 2019 is: comprise • \kum-PRYZE\  • verb 1 : to be made up of 2 : compose, constitute 3 : to include especially within a particular scope Examples: Th...
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20.10.2019

knackered

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 20, 2019 is: knackered • \NAK-erd\  • adjective British : tired, exhausted Examples: "Even the most perky 20-something is going to age, have kids and get k...
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19.10.2019

deke

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 19, 2019 is: deke • \DEEK\  • verb : to fake an opponent out of position (as in ice hockey) Examples: "[Carl Yastrzemski] led the league in (outfield) assi...
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18.10.2019

hobbyhorse

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 18, 2019 is: hobbyhorse • \HAH-bee-horss\  • noun 1 a : a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance b : a dancer wearing this figure 2 a : a stick ha...
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17.10.2019

maunder

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 17, 2019 is: maunder • \MAWN-der\  • verb 1 : chiefly British : grumble 2 : to wander slowly and idly 3 : to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly Examples: ...
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16.10.2019

genial

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 16, 2019 is: genial • \JEE-nee-ul\  • adjective 1 : favorable to growth or comfort : mild 2 : marked by or freely expressing sympathy or friendliness 3 : displaying or ma...
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15.10.2019

belfry

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 15, 2019 is: belfry • \BEL-free\  • noun 1 : a bell tower; especially : one surmounting or attached to another structure 2 : a room or framework for enclosing a bell 3 : ...
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14.10.2019

exoteric

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 14, 2019 is: exoteric • \ek-suh-TAIR-ik\  • adjective 1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle 2 : relating to the o...
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13.10.2019

triskaidekaphobia

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 13, 2019 is: triskaidekaphobia • \triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\  • noun : fear of the number 13 Examples: "We've gathered a list of 13 local theater product...
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12.10.2019

wheedle

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 12, 2019 is: wheedle • \WEE-dul\  • verb 1 : to influence or entice by soft words or flattery 2 : to gain or get by coaxing or flattering 3 : to use soft words or flatter...
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11.10.2019

idée fixe

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 11, 2019 is: idée fixe • \ee-day-FEEKS\  • noun : an idea that dominates one's mind especially for a prolonged period : obsession Examples: "When Byrne arr...
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10.10.2019

blandish

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 10, 2019 is: blandish • \BLAN-dish\  • verb 1 : to coax with flattery : cajole 2 : to act or speak in a flattering or coaxing manner Examples: "… and all ...
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9.10.2019

scapegoat

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 9, 2019 is: scapegoat • \SKAYP-goat\  • noun 1 : a male goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in th...
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8.10.2019

caustic

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 8, 2019 is: caustic • \KAWSS-tik\  • adjective 1 : capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action : corrosive 2 : marked by incisive sarcasm 3 : relating to or b...
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7.10.2019

redound

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 7, 2019 is: redound • \rih-DOWND\  • verb 1 : to have an effect for good or ill 2 : to become transferred or added : accrue 3 : rebound, reflect Examples: ...
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6.10.2019

amaranthine

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 6, 2019 is: amaranthine • \am-uh-RANTH-un\  • adjective 1 a : of or relating to an amaranth b : undying 2 : of a pinkish or rosy red color Examples: "At ...
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5.10.2019

divulge

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 5, 2019 is: divulge • \dih-VULJ\  • verb : to make known (something, such as a secret) Examples: "Mita Shah, a former marketing statistician, was once a de...
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4.10.2019

futhark

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 4, 2019 is: futhark • \FOO-thahrk\  • noun : the runic alphabet : any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries ...
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3.10.2019

pursy

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 3, 2019 is: pursy • \PER-see\  • adjective 1 : having a puckered appearance 2 : proud because of one's wealth especially in the absence of other distinctions : purse-proud...
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2.10.2019

sawbones

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 2, 2019 is: sawbones • \SAW-bohnz\  • noun slang : physician, surgeon Examples: "After abandoning his destitute family in 1913, Brinkley bought a medical d...
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1.10.2019

mitigate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 1, 2019 is: mitigate • \MIT-uh-gayt\  • verb 1 : to cause to become less harsh or hostile : mollify 2 a : to make less severe or painful : alleviate b : to lessen the ser...
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30.09.2019

buttress

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 30, 2019 is: buttress • \BUTT-russ\  • noun 1 architecture : a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building 2 : somet...
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29.09.2019

Elysian

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 29, 2019 is: Elysian • \ih-LIZH-un\  • adjective 1 : of or relating to Elysium 2 : blissful, delightful Examples: "On such a balmy summer day, on this E...
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