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  • reverberate March 23, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 23, 2019 is: reverberate • \rih-VER-buh-rayt\  • verb 1 : to reflect or become reflected 2 : to repel or become driven back 3 : to continue in or as if in a series of echoes : resound Examples: "Inmates' relatives began protesting outside the jail. Inmates responded […]
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  • purview March 22, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 22, 2019 is: purview • \PER-vyoo\  • noun 1 a : the body or enacting part of a statute b : the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute 2 : the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention 3 : range of vision, understanding, […]
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  • hamartia March 21, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 21, 2019 is: hamartia • \hah-mahr-TEE-uh\  • noun : a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy : tragic flaw Examples: Greed was the hamartia that ultimately brought down the protagonist. "Characters in Greek tragedies usually had a hamartia, or fatal […]
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  • canker March 20, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 20, 2019 is: canker • \KANG-ker\  • verb 1 : to become infested with erosive or spreading sores 2 : to corrupt the spirit of 3 : to become corrupted Examples: "Nevertheless, the self-absorption into which the lovers fall and the death and transfiguration with which the action […]
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  • orthography March 19, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 19, 2019 is: orthography • \or-THAH-gruh-fee\  • noun 1 a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols 2 : a part of language study that deals […]
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  • parabolic March 18, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 18, 2019 is: parabolic • \pair-uh-BAH-lik\  • adjective 1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical 2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone Examples: […]
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  • smithereens March 17, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 17, 2019 is: smithereens • \smih-thuh-REENZ\  • plural noun : fragments, bits Examples: "For the Soviet Union, it didn't matter that Luna 2, which became the first spacecraft to reach the moon, had been smashed into smithereens. The point was to get there first—to mark territory." — Marina […]
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  • encroach March 16, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 16, 2019 is: encroach • \in-KROHCH\  • verb 1 : to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another 2 : to advance beyond the usual or proper limits Examples: "The house had been abandoned for years, with peeling stucco, a half-buried […]
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  • two-bit March 15, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 15, 2019 is: two-bit • \TOO-BIT\  • adjective 1 : cheap or trivial of its kind : petty, small-time 2 : of the value of two bits Examples: "In 1956, he published Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems at City Lights Books, which was then, [Lawrence] Ferlinghetti says, both a […]
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  • animadversion March 14, 2019
    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 14, 2019 is: animadversion • \an-uh-mad-VER-zhun\  • noun 1 : a critical and usually censorious remark — often used with on 2 : adverse criticism Examples: "Some of his contemporaries and erstwhile friends, meanwhile, displayed considerable frankness in what they wrote. They did not count on Hemingway reading […]
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