Word of the Day: Gossamer

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“The dragonfly is our state insect…. As a beautiful predator with gossamer wings…, this insect deserves far more appreciation.” — Barbara Hunt, The Mat-Su Valley (Alaska) Frontiersman, 2 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Dog Words Quiz Which of the following animals has […]

embellish

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<strong> <font color=”#000066″>Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 15, 2021 is:</font> </strong> <strong>embellish</strong> &#8226; im-BELL-ish&nbsp; &#8226; <em>verb</em><br /> <p><em>Embellish</em> means “to make (something) more appealing or attractive with fanciful or decorative details.” // As they grew older, the children realized their grandfather embellished the stories of his travels abroad. // The gift shop had […]

Word of the Day: Cabal

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“February 14? … That’s an arbitrary date picked by a cabal of florists and greeting card manufacturers. Love can happen any time of the year….” — Bruce Gravel, Peterborough (Ontario) This Week, 4 Feb. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Odious

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“There are probably few things more emotion-laden and odious as taxes. But for a society to function for the common good, they are a necessary evil.” — William P. Cawley, The Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch, 15 Sept. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Extricate

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“The skylight has been lifted off Toland Hall to create an opening large enough to extricate the panels by crane.” — Sam Whiting, The San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

restaurateur

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<strong> <font color=”#000066″>Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 11, 2021 is:</font> </strong> <strong>restaurateur</strong> &#8226; res-tuh-ruh-TER&nbsp; &#8226; <em>noun</em><br /> <p>A <em>restaurateur</em> is a person who owns or manages a restaurant. // The restaurateur has created an exquisite menu to match the elegantly renovated dining room. See the entry > <strong>Examples:</strong><br /> <p>”Savvy <em>restaurateurs</em> have been […]

Word of the Day: Amicable

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“I value the hours of amicable, nuanced conversations on complex topics with the people I have met, which always prove to be full of disagreement but also surprising amounts of agreement and understanding.” — John Rochford, The Iowa State Daily (Ames, Iowa), 21 Aug. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Fret

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“Notre Dame had four players who needed surgery this week. … It’s a troubling start that every coach frets about. — Mike Hutton, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Dog Words Quiz Which of the following animals has a dog in […]

Word of the Day: Scion

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“Walker was the beloved, indulged scion of a wealthy East Coast family, the son of the first curator of the National Gallery and a descendant of Thomas More, the author of the 15th-century satire ‘Utopia.’” — Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Cavalier

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“Another surprisingly common problem is grant applications that are poorly written. In some cases, poor writing can make your argument difficult to comprehend, and it certainly suggests a cavalier attitude to the process.” — Michelle Havich, The American City & County (Atlanta, Georgia), 12 Aug. 2021 [ Original article