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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 26, 2024 is: symposium • \sim-POH-zee-um\ • noun Symposium can refer either to a formal meeting at which experts discuss a particular topic, or to a collection of articles on a particular subject. Symposium has two plural forms: symposia and symposiums. // Professors and graduate students attended a three-d…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 25, 2024 is: countermand • \KOUNT-er-mand\ • verb To countermand an order is to revoke it, especially by giving a new order. // Orders to blow up the bridge were countermanded by local officials. See the entry > Examples: "He [rugby player Lewis Jones] almost missed his 1950 Welsh debut as he was about to b…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 24, 2024 is: ebullient • \ih-BULL-yunt\ • adjective If someone or something is appealingly lively and enthusiastic, they may also be described as ebullient. // Akua's ebullient personality made her the life of the party. See the entry > Examples: "[Les] McCann, who would later serve as a drummer and horn pl…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 23, 2024 is: panoply • \PAN-uh-plee\ • noun Panoply is a formal word that refers to a group or collection that is impressive either because of its size or because it includes so many different kinds of people or things. // The new website offers shoppers a panoply of snack foods, soft drinks, and other trea…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 22, 2024 is: belie • \bih-LYE\ • verb To belie something is to give a false idea or impression of it. Belie can also mean "to show (something) to be false or wrong." // Martin's easy banter and relaxed attitude belied his nervousness. // Their actions belie their claim of innocence. See the entry > Examples…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2024 is: neophyte • \NEE-uh-fyte\ • noun A neophyte is a person who has just started learning or doing something. // As an acting neophyte, Femi took a while to adjust to his newfound Hollywood fame. See the entry > Examples: "First premiering in 2006, Ugly Betty … built up a devoted fanbase. The series…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2024 is: futile • \FYOO-tul\ • adjective An effort, action, or emotion described as futile has no result or effect, and therefore serves no useful purpose. // City officials attempted to stifle the scandal, but their efforts were futile. See the entry > Examples: “... when resolve is wearing thin and ho…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2024 is: sequester • \sih-KWESS-ter\ • verb To sequester a person or group is to keep them separate or apart from other people. Sequester is also often used to mean “to bind or absorb (carbon dioxide) as part of a larger chemical process or compound.” // The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reac…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 18, 2024 is: artifice • \AHR-tuh-fus\ • noun Artifice refers to dishonest or insincere behavior or speech that is meant to deceive someone. It can also be used to mean "clever or artful skill." // We found ourselves tremendously moved by his apology, which he made without artifice or pretense. See the entry…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 17, 2024 is: lucrative • \LOO-kruh-tiv\ • adjective Something described as lucrative produces money or wealth. // The author parlayed the success of her books into a lucrative second career as a public speaker. See the entry > Examples: "A vibrant commercial Off Broadway sector existed decades ago, but it s…
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