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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 27, 2022 is: onomatopoeia • \ah-nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh\ • noun Onomatopoeia means “the creation or use of words that imitate sounds.” It can also refer to the words themselves. // The poem “Cynthia in the Snow” by Gwendolyn Brooks is famous for its beautiful onomatopoeia, capturing in vivid language snow’s…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 26, 2022 is: sustain • \suh-STAYN\ • verb Sustain means "to provide what is needed for something or someone to exist or continue; to nourish." It can also mean "to hold up the weight of," "to suffer or endure," or "to confirm or prove." In legal contexts, to sustain something is to decide or state that…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 25, 2022 is: jejune • \jih-JOON\ • adjective Jejune is a formal word often used as a synonym of juvenile to describe things (such as behaviors, attitudes, etc.) that are immature, childish, or simplistic. It can also mean "uninteresting" or "boring." // Her rude and jejune remarks about the painting we…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 24, 2022 is: cornucopia • \kor-nuh-KOH-pee-uh\ • noun A cornucopia, also known as a horn of plenty, is a curved, hollow goat’s horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing, especially with fruit and vegetables. The image of a cornucopia is commonly used as deco…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 23, 2022 is: vamoose • \vuh-MOOSS\ • verb Vamoose is an informal word that means "to depart quickly." // With the sheriff and his posse hot on their tails, the bank robbers knew they had better vamoose. See the entry > Examples: "[Ali S.] Khan's group packed fast and vamoosed on a small airplane, which…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 22, 2022 is: leonine • \LEE-uh-nyne\ • adjective Leonine means “of, relating to, or resembling a lion.” // She spent hours in the bathroom trying to detangle her leonine tresses. See the entry > Examples: “As I tried harder and harder ... I began to understand more about what [Fabio] meant at the time,…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 21, 2022 is: temerity • \tuh-MAIR-uh-tee\ • noun Temerity is a formal word that means "unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition"; it is a synonym of both rashness and recklessness. Temerity can also refer to a rash or reckless act. // The line between boldness and temerity is sometime…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 20, 2022 is: extirpate • \EK-ster-payt\ • verb Extirpate means “to destroy completely,” and is often—though not exclusively—used in reference to plant and animal populations. It can also be used to mean “to pull up by the root” and “to cut out by surgery.” // Despite the years-long effort to extirpate …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 19, 2022 is: pell-mell • \pel-MEL\ • adverb Pell-mell means “in a confused and hurried way” or “in mingled confusion or disorder.” // On Black Friday, some shoppers rush pell-mell into stores to find their favorite items at a discounted price. See the entry> Examples: “But, before we head pell-mell dow…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 18, 2022 is: farce • \FAHRSS\ • noun A farce is a ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation. Farce can also refer to a light dramatic work marked by satirical comedy and improbable plot, or the broad humor characteristic of such. The word can also refer to a savory stuffing. // "The company's guarantee …
 
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