triskaidekaphobia

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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 productions to help you get into that eerie Halloween feeling. Just don’t let triskaidekaphobia—fear of the number 13—stop you from seeing one of these theater […]

wheedle

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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 flattery Examples: Suzie and Timmy wheedled the babysitter into letting them stay […]

idée fixe

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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 arrived, he noticed the trees stood close together—far too narrow a space for something with broad shoulders and big feet to make […]

blandish

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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 that was left of Pym, it seemed to me, as I wove my lies and blandished, […]

scapegoat

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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 the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur 2 a : one that bears the blame for […]

redound

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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: “When no one is an expert, everyone becomes an expert, and authority thus redounds to the […]

amaranthine

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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 37-years-old, most players accept they have reached their twilight years, yet goalkeepers can lead an almost amaranthine […]

divulge

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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 devoted customer of this strip-mall parlor—so devoted that, one day in 2000, she divulged her much-finessed recipe for mango ice cream to […]

futhark

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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 Examples: “The oldest inscriptions in the futhark were found in Denmark and northern Germany, dating from the first century AD; […]

pursy

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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 Examples: “There was a picture of a pale gent with a narrow face and a woman with dark […]