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, […]

inimical

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 3, 2021 is: inimical • ih-NIM-ih-kul  • adjective 1 : being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence 2 a : having the disposition of an enemy : hostile b : reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly Examples: “We’ve walked around the beautiful island as the often […]

gormandize

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 2, 2021 is: gormandize • GOR-mun-dyze  • verb : to eat greedily, gluttonously, or ravenously : devour Examples: Lady Baleforth watched in horror as Lord Hoggwood gormandized the hors d’oeuvres, polishing off the entire lot before any of the other guests even arrived. “That’s because—unless you live in […]

bijou

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 1, 2021 is: bijou • BEE-zhoo  • noun 1 : a small dainty usually ornamental piece of delicate workmanship : jewel 2 : something delicate, elegant, or highly prized Examples: “To celebrate her latest collection … jeweler Jesse Marlo Lazowski hosted an intimate dinner in New York City.… […]

hale

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for June 30, 2021 is: hale • HAIL  • adjective : free from defect, disease, or infirmity : sound; also : retaining exceptional health and vigor Examples: “Uncle Charles was a hale old man with a well tanned skin, rugged features and white side whiskers.” — James Joyce, A Portrait […]

oaf

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for June 29, 2021 is: oaf • OHF  • noun 1 : a stupid person : boob 2 : a big clumsy slow-witted person Examples: “And then Robin … explained to her courteously how the law made it imperative on him to bring the letter to the very house that […]