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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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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 11, 2024 is: foment • \FOH-ment\ • verb To foment something, such as hostility or opposition, is to cause it, or try to cause it, to grow or develop. Foment is used synonymously with incite. // Rumors that the will was a fake fomented distrust between the two families. See the entry > Examples: "For this p…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 10, 2024 is: tractable • \TRAK-tuh-bul\ • adjective Tractable is used to describe someone or something that is easily led, managed, taught, or controlled. // This new approach should make the problem more tractable. // The horse’s tractable temperament made her especially popular with new riders. See the e…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 9, 2024 is: consternation • \kahn-ster-NAY-shun\ • noun Consternation is a formal word that refers to a strong feeling of surprise or sudden disappointment that causes confusion. // The candidate caused consternation among his supporters by changing positions on a key issue. See the entry > Examples: “The …
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 8, 2024 is: incognito • \in-kahg-NEE-toh\ • adjective or adverb When you go incognito, your true identity is kept secret (as through the use of a different name or a disguise). Incognito can be used either as an adverb or an adjective with the same meaning. // The food critic made an incognito visit to the…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 7, 2024 is: gossip • \GAH-sup\ • verb To gossip is to talk about the personal lives of other people. // The two siblings often gossip with each other about their neighbors via texting. See the entry > Examples: “Not all gossip is bad, [psychologist, Miriam] Kirmayer said, nor does it always mean someone wh…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 6, 2024 is: moxie • \MAHK-see\ • noun Moxie can refer to courage and determination (aka nerve), energy and pep (aka verve), or know-how (as, say, reflected in one’s oeuvre). // They showed a lot of moxie in questioning their company’s policy. // She clearly doesn’t need coffee to start her day full of moxi…
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