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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 5, 2022 is: cantankerous • \kan-TANK-uh-rus\ • adjective A cantankerous person is often angry and annoyed. Cantankerous also means “difficult or irritating to deal with.” // Several sportswriters cited the coach’s cantankerous personality as a reason for the team’s poor performance and lack of motivation. …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 4, 2022 is: Yankee • \YANG-kee\ • noun Yankee can refer broadly to anyone born or living in the U.S., or it can refer more narrowly only to those in the northern U.S., or even more narrowly, only to those in the states of New England. The broadest use is especially common outside the U.S. // It took the ch…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 3, 2022 is: teem • \TEEM\ • verb To teem with something is to be full of that thing, or to have much of that thing inside. // The river teems with fish. // The students' minds were teeming with ideas. See the entry > Examples: "Emily Wells' orchestral pop teems with grandly despairing gestures—synth tones …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 2, 2022 is: apposite • \AP-uh-zit\ • adjective Apposite is used to describe what is very appropriate, or what is suitable for an occasion or situation. It is a synonym of apt. // Before sending the final draft of his novel to his editor, Lyle searched for an apposite quotation that could serve as the book'…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 1, 2022 is: debunk • \dee-BUNK\ • verb To debunk something, such as a story, theory, or idea, is to show or expose the falseness of it. // The article thoroughly debunks the notion that life exists on Mars. See the entry > Examples: "The idea that dogs spend every waking moment trying to usurp their human …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 30, 2022 is: scintillate • \SIN-tuh-layt\ • verb Scintillate means "to dazzle or impress with liveliness or wit." // Her hilarious and topical standup routine absolutely scintillated; the audience brought her back for two encores. See the entry > Examples: “Kimberly Marable's scarred Persephone, torn as Ha…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 29, 2022 is: duress • \dur-RESS\ • noun Duress, which is typically used with under, refers to force or threats meant to make someone do something. It is used especially of unlawful constraint. // The defense asserts that the defendant's confession was made under duress. See the entry > Examples: "The ordin…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 28, 2022 is: fulsome • \FULL-sum\ • adjective Fulsome can be a positive term, as when it's used to mean "abundant, copious," or "full and well developed," but it has negative meanings too, such as "overdone" and "excessively flattering." // The photographs celebrate the island's fulsome biodiversity. // Wh…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 27, 2022 is: jingoism • \JING-goh-iz-im\ • noun Jingoism is excessive patriotism or nationalism, especially when marked by a belligerent foreign policy. // When the war began many people were caught up in a wave of jingoism. See the entry > Examples: "War is bad for culture. Not least of all because it tur…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 26, 2022 is: culminate • \KUL-muh-nayt\ • verb Culminate usually means “to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point,” or "to reach the end or final result of something." // The festivities will culminate with a spectacular display of fireworks. // The partnership between the two songwriters culmi…
 
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