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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 29, 2024 is: obstreperous • \ub-STREP-uh-rus\ • adjective Obstreperous is a formal word that describes people or things that stubbornly resist control; in this use it’s a synonym of unruly. A person or thing described as obstreperous may also be defiantly or aggressively noisy. // The moment the paper airpl…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 28, 2024 is: gadfly • \GAD-flye\ • noun In literal use, gadfly refers to any of various flies (such as a horsefly, botfly, or warble fly) that bite or annoy livestock. Gadfly is most popular in figurative use, however, where it refers to someone who provokes or annoys other people especially by persistent c…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 27, 2024 is: glean • \GLEEN\ • verb To glean is to gather or collect something bit by bit, or in a gradual way. Glean can also be used to mean “to search (something) carefully” and “to find out.” // Neil has a collection of antique tools gleaned from flea markets and garage sales. // They spent days gleanin…
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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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