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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 18, 2021 is: vignette • \vin-YET\ • noun A vignette is a short written description or a brief scene in a movie or play. // The play's program features a brief vignette about each member of the cast. // The documentary is a series of vignettes showing the lives of three families under quarantine during…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 17, 2021 is: precarious • \prih-KAIR-ee-us\ • adjective Precarious means "characterized by uncertainty, insecurity, or instability that threatens with danger." // College debt leaves many students in a precarious financial situation after graduation. // The books were stacked high in a precarious towe…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 16, 2021 is: exonerate • \ig-ZAH-nuh-rayt\ • verb Exonerate means "to clear from a charge of wrongdoing or from blame." // The witness' testimonies were key in exonerating the defendant. // The report exonerated the captain from any blame for the ship's running aground. See the entry > Examples: "The …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 15, 2021 is: tribulation • \trib-yuh-LAY-shun\ • noun Tribulation, which is often used in the phrase "trials and tribulations," refers to a trying experience. It can also mean "unhappiness, pain, or suffering." // The young, ambitious chef knew of trials and tribulations of opening a new restaurant, b…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 14, 2021 is: responsive • \rih-SPAHN-siv\ • adjective Responsive means "quick to respond or react in a desired or appropriate manner." // The Senator was responsive to the concerns voiced by the town's council and residents. // The eye contains cells that are responsive to light. See the entry > Examp…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 13, 2021 is: inflammable • \in-FLAM-uh-bul\ • adjective Inflammable describes things that can easily catch fire. It also means "easily excited or angered." // The gas is highly inflammable. // The messenger trembled as he stuttered out the news of the army's defeat to the highly inflammable king. See …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 12, 2021 is: adversary • \AD-ver-sair-ee\ • noun Adversary is a word for an enemy or opponent. // The adversaries met at the negotiating table again, hoping to reach an agreement. See the entry > Examples: "Large-scale special effects and intrepid derring-do are wedded to themes of clan solidarity, co…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 11, 2021 is: sedentary • \SED-un-tair-ee\ • adjective Sedentary describes an activity in which much sitting is involved. // Editorial work is chiefly sedentary. See the entry > Examples: "A sedentary lifestyle could increase your levels of exhaustion. Luckily, small changes in your daily life can impa…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 10, 2021 is: fulminate • \FULL-muh-nayt\ • verb Fulminate means "to send forth harsh criticisms or insults." // The writer of the editorial fulminated against the corruption in the state government that has been recently uncovered. See the entry > Examples: "Talking heads on both the right and the lef…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 9, 2021 is: brogue • \BROHG\ • noun A brogue is a low shoe, usually made of leather, with perforations and a wing tip. // Even though his brogues are scuffed and old, Dad prefers them to his new loafers. See the entry > Examples: "I've recently returned from my annual trip to the UK and, as usual on r…
 
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