berate

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 3, 2021 is: berate • bih-RAYT  • verb : to scold or condemn vehemently and at length Examples: “Don’t berate yourself over canceling plans,” the lifestyle expert said. “It is sometimes more important that you allow for time to take care of yourself.” “During Russell’s tirade Wednesday, he […]

exemplary

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 2, 2021 is: exemplary • ig-ZEM-pluh-ree  • adjective 1 a : deserving imitation : commendable; also : deserving imitation because of excellence b : serving as a pattern 2 : serving as an example, instance, or illustration 3 : serving as a warning : monitory Examples: The novel […]

pulchritude

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 1, 2021 is: pulchritude • PUHL-kruh-tood  • noun : physical comeliness Examples: The magazine features a photo essay of celebrities who are famed for their Hollywood stardom and pulchritude. “Sadly, Renee’s judgment on Mrs. Appleyard’s baby’s pulchritude, or lack of it, turned out to be true—he was an […]

dally

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 31, 2021 is: dally • DAL-ee  • verb 1 a : to act playfully; especially : to play amorously b : to deal lightly : toy 2 a : to waste time b : linger, dawdle Examples: Alton has been dallying with the idea of starting a bakery. […]

wherefore

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 30, 2021 is: wherefore • WAIR-for  • adverb 1 : for what reason or purpose : why 2 : therefore Examples: “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1594-95 “According to The Blast, the legal filing said ‘Wherefore, Petitioner requests an order […]

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 […]