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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 9, 2022 is: riposte • \rih-POHST\ • noun A riposte is a clever retort or retaliatory measure. In fencing, it refers specifically to a quick return thrust immediately following a successful defensive action. // She's known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult. See the entry > Examples: "As …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 8, 2022 is: crepuscular • \krih-PUHSS-kyuh-ler\ • adjective Crepuscular means "of, relating to, or resembling twilight." It is also used in zoological contexts to describe creatures that are active during twilight, or to the activities of such creatures. // As evening came on, fireflies began to appear i…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 7, 2022 is: eminently • \EM-uh-nunt-lee\ • adverb Eminently is used as a synonym of very and means “to a high degree.” // All three outfielders are eminently capable of making an All-Star-caliber catch to help their team. See the entry > Examples: “As far as tequila goes, blancos are by far my favorite. …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 6, 2022 is: adjudicate • \uh-JOO-dih-kayt\ • verb To adjudicate a dispute between parties is to make an official decision about which party is right. Adjudicate is also used to mean "to act as judge." // The case will be adjudicated in the state courts. // The property title cannot be transferred until a…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 5, 2022 is: heartstring • \HAHRT-string\ • noun Heartstring is used, usually in the plural, to refer to someone's deepest emotions or affections. // The movie's emotional ending really pulls at your heartstrings. See the entry > Examples: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed at the talent on stage…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 4, 2022 is: brackish • \BRACK-ish\ • adjective Brackish is typically used to mean “somewhat salty,” and most often describes water or bodies of water, such as rivers, lakes, and estuaries. // The mangrove swamp is home to many species of plants and animals that thrive in brackish water. See the entry > E…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 3, 2022 is: patina • \puh-TEE-nuh\ • noun A patina is a usually green film that forms on copper and bronze that is exposed to moist air for an extended time. The word can also refer to a shiny or dark surface that over time forms naturally on something (such as wood or leather), or to a literal or figura…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 2, 2022 is: nebulous • \NEB-yuh-lus\ • adjective Nebulous is often used as a synonym of indistinct or vague, but can also be used to refer to something that is related to or that resembles a nebula. // Daniel’s description of the film was so nebulous that I’m still not quite sure what it is about. See th…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 1, 2022 is: frolic • \FRAH-lik\ • verb Frolic means “to play and run about happily.” // One of the highlights of spring on the farm is watching newborn lambs frolic in the meadow. See the entry > Examples: “In front of her, kids frolicked on the playground and grassy field, dusting themselves off after t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 31, 2022 is: menagerie • \muh-NAJ-uh-ree\ • noun Menagerie is used to refer to a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public, as well as a place where such animals are kept. It can also refer more broadly to any varied mixture. // The aviary featured a menagerie of exotic birds. // The …
 
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