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ad hominem

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 23, 2021 is: ad hominem • ad-HAH-muh-nem  • adjective 1 : appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect 2 : marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the…
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sarcophagus

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2021 is: sarcophagus • sahr-KAH-fuh-gus  • noun : a stone coffin; broadly : coffin Examples: After archeologists unearthed the sarcophagus, they opened it up to discover, along with the king's body, almost a hundred gold coins. "Mummification…
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exact

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2021 is: exact • ig-ZAKT  • verb 1 : to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain 2 : to call for as necessary or desirable Examples: "The choice between forgiveness and revenge is an age-old tale.…
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gulosity

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2021 is: gulosity • goo-LAH-suh-tee  • noun : excessive appetite : greediness Examples: "After a Christmas period generally spent lying down, motionless and swollen, it was time to get back to a life of squats, lunges and…
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conjecture

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2021 is: conjecture • kun-JEK-cher  • verb 1 : to arrive at or deduce by surmise or guesswork : guess 2 : to form a supposition or inference Examples: Some scientists have conjectured that Jupiter's moon Europa…
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preeminent

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2021 is: preeminent • pree-EM-uh-nunt  • adjective 1 : exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : prominent 2 : standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : conspicuous…
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modicum

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 17, 2021 is: modicum • MAH-dih-kum  • noun : a small portion : a limited quantity Examples: "While his narrative on the politics of the place is interesting and edifying it's the passages about his adventures by land,…
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effusive

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 16, 2021 is: effusive • ih-FYOO-siv  • adjective 1 : marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm 2 : characterized or formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava Examples: Lila's history teacher wrote an…
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vulcanize

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 15, 2021 is: vulcanize • VUL-kuh-nyze  • verb : to treat crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material with chemicals to give it useful properties (such as elasticity, strength, and stability) Examples: "In 1939 [Charles] Cornell invented…
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servile

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 14, 2021 is: servile • SER-vul  • adjective 1 : of or befitting a menial position 2 : meanly or cravenly submissive : abject Examples: "Ms. [Judith] Jamison remembers Ailey's teaching her 'Cry' in the company's original studios….…