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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 8, 2023 is: despot • \DESS-putt\ • noun A despot is a ruler who has total power and who often uses that power in cruel and unfair ways. Despot can also be used somewhat formally to refer to a person who simply has a lot of power over other people. // Last semester, one of the history instructors taught…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 7, 2023 is: acquiesce • \ak-wee-ESS\ • verb To acquiesce is to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing. The word is somewhat formal, and is often used with in or to. // Eventually, the professor acquiesced to the students' request to have the seminar's final clas…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 6, 2023 is: fraught • \FRAWT\ • adjective Fraught means “causing or having a lot of emotional stress or worry.” When fraught is used in the phrase “fraught with,” it means “full of something bad or unwanted.” // Ever since their cat went missing, the atmosphere in their apartment has been fraught. // T…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 5, 2023 is: weal • \WEEL\ • noun Weal is a somewhat old-fashioned word that refers to “a state of being happy, healthy, and successful.” Weal is usually ascribed to large groups of people, rather than individuals, as in the phrases “common weal” or “public weal.” // Before presenting the bill to the le…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 4, 2023 is: scrutinize • \SKROO-tuh-nyze\ • verb Scrutinize means "to examine (something) carefully especially in a critical way." // I closely scrutinized my opponent's every move before making my own. // Her performance was carefully scrutinized by her employer. See the entry > Examples: "U.S. Senato…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 3, 2023 is: challah • \HAH-luh or KHAH-luh\ • noun Challah refers to an egg-rich yeast-leavened bread that is usually braided or twisted before baking and is traditionally eaten by Jewish people on the Sabbath and some holidays. // One of her fondest food memories is the round challah her grandmother b…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 2, 2023 is: portend • \por-TEND\ • verb Portend is usually used in formal and literary contexts as a verb meaning “to give a sign or warning that something is going to happen.” The “something” in question is often, though not always, considered bad or unpleasant. // Many superstitious people believe th…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 1, 2023 is: eleemosynary • \el-ih-MAH-suh-nair-ee\ • adjective Eleemosynary means "of, relating to, or supported by charity." // She used her inheritance to establish and fund several eleemosynary institutions. See the entry > Examples: "I would not want you to think that Grady Thrasher is not a seriou…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 31, 2023 is: savant • \sa-VAHNT\ • noun Savant is a formal word that refers to a learned person, especially someone with detailed knowledge about a particular subject. The word is also used to refer to a person affected with a developmental disorder who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in a part…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 30, 2023 is: adapt • \uh-DAPT\ • verb To adapt is to make or become fit (as for a new use) often by modification. // When people move to a new country, it can take them a while to adapt. // The teachers adapted the curriculum so that students of all abilities will benefit from it. See the entry > Exampl…
 
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