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retronym

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 12, 2020 is: retronym • RET-roh-nim  • noun : a term (such as analog watch, film camera, or snail mail) that is newly created and adopted to distinguish the original or older version, form, or example of something…
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Byzantine

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 11, 2020 is: Byzantine • BIZ-un-teen  • adjective 1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium 2 architecture : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of architecture developed in…
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escapade

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 10, 2020 is: escapade • ESS-kuh-payd  • noun : a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct Examples: "There was a report that people with spotlights were turning picnic tables on their end and…
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devise

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 9, 2020 is: devise • dih-VYZE  • verb 1 a : to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles : invent b : to plan to obtain or bring about : plot…
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chapfallen

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 8, 2020 is: chapfallen • CHAP-faw-lun  • adjective 1 : having the lower jaw hanging loosely 2 : cast down in spirit : depressed Examples: "His appearance caused shouts of merriment in the camp,—but Tom for once could…
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sea change

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 7, 2020 is: sea change • SEE-CHAYNJ  • noun 1 archaic : a change brought about by the sea 2 : a marked change : transformation Examples: "Something was operating to make these marginal views more acceptable, something…
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oleaginous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 6, 2020 is: oleaginous • oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus  • adjective 1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil 2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality Examples: The clerk's…
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filch

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 5, 2020 is: filch • FILCH  • verb : to steal secretly or casually Examples: "Last November, thieves broke into a jewel room at the Royal Palace in Dresden, Germany, and took off with an array of precious…
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albeit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 4, 2020 is: albeit • awl-BEE-it  • conjunction : even though : although Examples: Kara's big break as an actress came in a big-budget Academy Award-nominated movie, albeit in a minor role where she played a hotel clerk.…
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rectitudinous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 3, 2020 is: rectitudinous • rek-tuh-TOO-duh-nus  • adjective 1 : characterized by the quality of being honest and morally correct 2 : piously self-righteous Examples: The senatorial candidate's supporters insist that he is possessed of a rectitudinous character…