Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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September 14, 2019 1 min

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 succes... Read more

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September 13, 2019 2 min

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 p... Read more

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September 12, 2019 1 min

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 lurch, … holding his dangling, unnecessary arms close... Read more

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September 11, 2019 2 min

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 automatically responds with an inflammatory process to neutrali... Read more

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September 10, 2019 2 min

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 of skills, devices, or Read more

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September 9, 2019 1 min

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

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When the final bell of the day rang, the children bolted from their de... Read more

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September 8, 2019 1 min

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 secrete a scent whenever he scratches on objects such ... Read more

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September 7, 2019 2 min

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 <... Read more

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September 6, 2019 1 min

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 7, 2019 is:

germane • \jer-MAYN\  • adjective

: being at once relevant and appropriate : Read more

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September 5, 2019 1 min

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 sinister intent

Examples:
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September 4, 2019 1 min

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 5, 2019 is:

adscititious • \ad-suh-TISH-us\  • adjective

: derived or acquired from something extrinsic

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"We shou... Read more

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September 4, 2019 1 min

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 5, 2019 is:

adscititious • \ad-suh-TISH-us\  • adjective

: derived or acquired from something extrinsic

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"I left ... Read more

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September 3, 2019 1 min

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 Read more

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September 2, 2019 1 min

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 t... Read more

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September 1, 2019 1 min

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 2, 2019 is:

extemporize • \ik-STEMP-puh-ryze\  • verb

1 : to do something extemporaneously : Read more

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August 31, 2019 1 min

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 keyb... Read more

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August 30, 2019 1 min

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

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August 29, 2019 1 min

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... Read more

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August 28, 2019 1 min

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

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August 27, 2019 2 min

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

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That tidy little house belongs to an irascible crank who never has a kind word for any of... Read more

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