sawbones

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 2, 2019 is: sawbones • SAW-bohnz  • noun slang : physician, surgeon Examples: “After abandoning his destitute family in 1913, Brinkley bought a medical degree from a ‘diploma mill’ in St. Louis. An itinerant preacher assured him that he did not have to be a bona fide sawbones […]

mitigate

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 1, 2019 is: mitigate • MIT-uh-gayt  • verb 1 : to cause to become less harsh or hostile : mollify 2 a : to make less severe or painful : alleviate b : to lessen the seriousness of : extenuate Examples: “Although Apple Hill receives the bulk of […]

buttress

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 30, 2019 is: buttress • BUTT-russ  • noun 1 architecture : a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building 2 : something that resembles a buttress: such as a : a projecting part of a mountain or hill b […]

Elysian

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 29, 2019 is: Elysian • ih-LIZH-un  • adjective 1 : of or relating to Elysium 2 : blissful, delightful Examples: “On such a balmy summer day, on this Elysian isle, anything seemed possible.” — Dorothy West, The Wedding, 1995 “No matter what one’s childhood is, a seeming Elysian […]

hegemony

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 28, 2019 is: hegemony • hih-JEM-uh-nee  • noun 1 : preponderant influence or authority over others : domination 2 : the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group Examples: “According to Chinese analysts’ telling of World War II, the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in […]

cleave

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 27, 2019 is: cleave • KLEEV  • verb 1 : to divide (something) by or as if by a cutting blow : split 2 : to separate (something) into distinct parts and especially into groups having divergent views 3 : to subject to chemical cleavage 4 : to […]

frowsy

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 26, 2019 is: frowsy • FROW-zee  • adjective 1 : musty, stale 2 : having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance Examples: The lamp, discovered in a frowsy Midwestern antique store, turned out to be quite valuable. “On good days, I could also manage super boring reality TV shows, […]

lèse-majesté

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 25, 2019 is: lèse-majesté • layz-MAJ-uh-stee  • noun 1 a : a crime (such as treason) committed against a sovereign power b : an offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power 2 : a detraction from or affront to dignity or […]

axiomatic

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 24, 2019 is: axiomatic • ak-see-uh-MAT-ik  • adjective 1 : taken for granted : self-evident 2 : based on or involving an axiom or system of axioms Examples: “It’s axiomatic that intellectuals like to deal with ideas. Ideas are to the intellectual what paint is to the painter […]

suffuse

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 23, 2019 is: suffuse • suh-FYOOZ  • verb : to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light : flush, fill Examples: “Also beguiling … are such installation works as ‘Spatial Environment in Red Light’…. It’s a walk-through enclosure containing six parallel corridors and suffused with […]