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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 21, 2024 is: vulnerable • \VUL-nuh-ruh-bul\ • adjective A person described as vulnerable in a general way is someone who is easily hurt or harmed physically, mentally, or emotionally. Vulnerable can also describe a person, group, or thing that is open to attack, harm, or damage. Both senses of vulnerable a…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 20, 2024 is: hue and cry • \HYOO-und-KRYE\ • noun Hue and cry refers to a clamor of alarm or protest in response to something. It can also be used as a synonym of hubbub to refer to general noise or uproar. // After the popular professor was fired by the college, there was such a hue and cry from students …
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 19, 2024 is: jubilee • \JOO-buh-lee\ • noun Jubilee usually refers to a special anniversary or a celebration of such an anniversary. It can also refer generally to a season of celebration or act of rejoicing, or to a religious song of African Americans referring to a time of future happiness. // My grandpa…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 18, 2024 is: brainiac • \BRAY-nee-ak\ • noun A brainiac is a very intelligent person. // Her ability to solve almost any puzzle within minutes secured her place as the brainiac of the family. See the entry > Examples: "In this modern, adult-oriented take on the classic 'Scooby-Doo' franchise, the series fo…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 17, 2024 is: apocryphal • \uh-PAH-kruh-ful\ • adjective Something described as apocryphal is of doubtful authenticity; the term is often applied to stories or legends that are often repeated but likely not true. Apocryphal can also describe something resembling or relating to the Apocrypha, the ancient Jew…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 16, 2024 is: paradigm • \PAIR-uh-dyme\ • noun Paradigm is a formal word that refers to a pattern or example, and especially to an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype. It can also refer to a theory or group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about. // Her latest bo…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 15, 2024 is: unbeknownst • \un-bih-NOHNST\ • adjective Unbeknownst means “without being known about by (a specified person or group of people).” // Unbeknownst to the students, the teacher had entered the room. See the entry > Examples: “Unbeknownst to many tenants across the city, an obscure city rule req…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 14, 2024 is: rebuff • \rih-BUFF\ • verb To rebuff something, such as an offer or suggestion, is to reject or criticize it sharply. One can also rebuff a person by rudely rejecting or refusing them. // When their request was immediately rebuffed by upper management, the staff was left frustrated yet also mo…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 13, 2024 is: lodestone • \LOHD-stohn\ • noun When used literally, lodestone refers to the mineral magnetite, a magnetic iron ore. Lodestone is also used figuratively to refer to something that, like a magnet, strongly attracts things. // The city is a lodestone for aspiring musicians of all genres. See the…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 12, 2024 is: efficacious • \ef-uh-KAY-shus\ • adjective Efficacious is a formal word used to describe something—often a treatment, medicine, or remedy—that has the power to produce a desired result or effect. // Companies like to tout the number of efficacious natural ingredients in their beauty products. …
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