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abstain

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 28, 2020 is: abstain • ub-STAYN  • verb 1 : to choose not to do or have something : to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice 2 : to choose not…
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rambunctious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 27, 2020 is: rambunctious • ram-BUNK-shuss  • adjective : marked by uncontrollable exuberance : unruly Examples: When the kids get a bit too rambunctious, the parents sit them down for a time-out. "To calculate your pool's optimum size…
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emollient

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 26, 2020 is: emollient • ih-MAHL-yunt  • noun : something that softens or soothes Examples: "It was a nasal emollient called Ponaris. It was once, the packaging advertised, a NASA staple—included in the agency's medical space kit on every…
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translucent

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 25, 2020 is: translucent • trans-LOO-sunt  • adjective 1 : permitting the passage of light: a : transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly b : clear, transparent 2 : free from disguise…
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nepotism

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 24, 2020 is: nepotism • NEP-uh-tiz-um  • noun : favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship Examples: It was strongly believed that nepotism played a role in helping Jessica get the sales manager position at…
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crabwise

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 23, 2020 is: crabwise • KRAB-wyze  • adverb 1 : sideways 2 : in a sidling or cautiously indirect manner Examples: "Covered in river scum, hair hanging down his forehead like oily kelp, he found his way to…
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operose

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 22, 2020 is: operose • AH-puh-rohss  • adjective : tedious, wearisome Examples: "Reading this biography reminded me that Lawrence's prose, though old-fashioned and a bit operose, is full of beautiful things." — Matthew Walther, The Spectator, 11 Oct.…
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juncture

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 21, 2020 is: juncture • JUNK-cher  • noun 1 : a point of time; especially : one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances 2 : joint, connection 3 : an instance of joining : junction Examples: "At…
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ubiquitous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2020 is: ubiquitous • yoo-BIK-wuh-tuss  • adjective : existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread Examples: "Within China, WeChat is ubiquitous, serving as an all-in-one app that's important for making payments…
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fountainhead

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 19, 2020 is: fountainhead • FOUN-tun-hed  • noun 1 : a spring that is the source of a stream 2 : principal source : origin Examples: "For all that Paradise Valley represents as a fountainhead of visual awe,…