ruthless

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 13, 2021 is: ruthless • ROOTH-lus  • adjective : having no pity : merciless, cruel Examples: “This process taught me the importance of being a ruthless editor; I learnt that if a piece of information can be deleted without impacting the narrative flow, then it didn’t belong there.” […]

emprise

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 12, 2021 is: emprise • em-PRYZE  • noun : an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise Examples: “But perhaps he was the only one courageous enough to voice an opinion that others might have shared, but were afraid to say, that this whole quixotic emprise had been a bad […]

nonplus

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 11, 2021 is: nonplus • nahn-PLUS  • verb : to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do : perplex Examples: The student’s unexpected about-face during the class discussion nonplussed the teacher. “Lattimer and Warnick are suitably nonplussed when the Coveys’ nemesis […]

cataract

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 10, 2021 is: cataract • KAT-uh-rakt  • noun 1 : a clouding of the lens of the eye or of its surrounding transparent membrane that obstructs the passage of light 2 a : waterfall; especially : a large one over a precipice b : steep rapids in a […]

aleatory

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 9, 2021 is: aleatory • AY-lee-uh-tor-ee  • adjective 1 : depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss 2 : relating to luck and especially to bad luck 3 : characterized by chance or indeterminate elements : aleatoric Examples: “Steir paints using a carefully choreographed aleatory process […]

mulct

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 8, 2021 is: mulct • MULKT  • verb 1 : to punish by a fine 2 a : to defraud especially of money : swindle b : to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft Examples: Francis was barred from the securities industry when it was discovered he had […]

incumbent

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 7, 2021 is: incumbent • in-KUM-bunt  • noun 1 : the holder of an office or ecclesiastical benefice 2 : one that occupies a particular position or place Examples: “She also acknowledged a likelihood of having two relatively underfunded challengers take on the incumbent in a compressed election […]

deter

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 6, 2021 is: deter • dih-TER  • verb 1 : to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting 2 : inhibit Examples: “‘Criminals are looking for easy targets,’ Const. Chris Lesage said in a statement. ‘Removing valuables from plain sight and making sure to lock your vehicle can […]

quondam

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 5, 2021 is: quondam • KWAHN-dum  • adjective : former, sometime Examples: Many people were surprised to learn that the quondam poet and professor had since become an accountant. “It was in that spirit that Vladimir Putin, the quondam KGB man who rules Russia, addressed his nation and […]

patriot

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 4, 2021 is: patriot • PAY-tree-ut  • noun : one who loves and supports his or her country Examples: “He had never been a very conscious patriot, but it vexed him to see [the United States] treated as little better than a vulgar smell in his friend’s nostrils, […]