Merriam-webster's Word Of The Day

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  • respite

    09/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 9, 2024 is: respite • \RESS-pit\  • noun Respite refers to a short period of time when someone is able to stop doing something that is difficult or unpleasant, or when something difficult or unpleasant stops or is delayed. // The long weekend provided a nice respite from the pressures of her job. // The station's meteorologist had predicted that the bad weather would continue through the week without respite. See the entry > Examples: "Shaded spots are necessary for a respite from the North Texas sun. If your deck or patio isn't covered, add a stylish umbrella to the mix." — Ryan Conner and Mary Grace Granados, The Dallas Morning News, 13 Mar. 2023 Did you know? Everyone needs a little R & R from time to time. That's where respite comes in handy: this word was first used in the 14th century to refer to a delay or extension asked for or granted for a specific reason, such as t

  • dicker

    08/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 8, 2024 is: dicker • \DIK-er\  • verb To dicker is to talk or argue with someone about the conditions of a purchase, agreement, or contract. // My favorite thing about flea markets is dickering over prices. See the entry > Examples: “They haggled and dickered and bargained through a good number of dealerships.” — Terry Woster, Tri-State Neighbor (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), 7 Dec. 2023 Did you know? The origins of the verb dicker likely lie in an older dicker, the noun referring to a quantity of ten animal hides or skins. The idea is that the verb arose from the bartering of, and haggling over, animal hides on the American frontier. The noun dicker comes from decuria, the Latin word for a bundle of ten hides, and ultimately from the Latin word decem, meaning "ten." The word entered Middle English as dyker and by the 14th century had evolved to dicker.

  • swole

    07/07/2024 Duração: 02min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 7, 2024 is: swole • \SWOHL\  • adjective Someone described as swole is extremely muscular. In other words, they have a physique enhanced by bodybuilding exercises. // Her New Year’s resolution was to get swole, so she signed up with a personal trainer and committed to working out every day. See the entry > Examples: “It’s possible to build muscle in a couple of half-hour workouts a week, provided you train both smart and hard. Building muscle has a lot more benefits than just making you look swole, though, for both men and women. Having more muscle and strength makes everyday activities, be that carrying shopping loads or lifting your suitcase into an overhead compartment, easier.” — Rachel Hosie, Business Insider, 25 Mar. 2024 Did you know? If someone said you were swole, would you know how to respond? If you’re unfamiliar with the word, you might think your face is swollen or ch

  • mogul

    06/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 6, 2024 is: mogul • \MOH-gul\  • noun A mogul is a powerful and influential person. // The music mogul's latest album has been nominated for several awards. See the entry > Examples: "Kenyan media mogul and businesswoman Betty Kyallo has been the center of attention for as long as anybody can remember, thanks to her many accomplishments in the public eye and her glamorous personal life." — Garvin Patrick, Mpasho (Kenya), 15 May 2024 Did you know? Started by Bābur, a descendant of Genghis Khan, the Muslim Mogul dynasty ruled much of India from the early 16th century to the mid-18th century. The Moguls (whose name is also spelled Moghul or Mughal) were known for their talented and powerful rulers, called "Great Moguls"; English speakers borrowed the word for other powerful persons, as in today's familiar references to "media moguls." Skiers might wonder if such power moguls have a

  • castigate

    05/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 5, 2024 is: castigate • \KASS-tuh-gayt\  • verb Castigate is a formal word that means "to criticize harshly." // He was widely castigated for earning millions of dollars in bonuses as the company he was leading slid into insolvency. See the entry > Examples: "At key moments throughout the animated feature, which takes her from age 7 through her 20s, she’s bombarded with the song stylings of three Mythology Sirens, harmonizing scolds who take different forms, depending on the circumstances. They reinforce Zelma’s self-doubt and castigate her whenever she breaks or questions the old-school rules of the boy-girl game …" — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Oct. 2023 Did you know? Castigate has a synonym in chastise: both verbs mean "to punish or to censure (someone)." They both also happen to come from the same Latin root, the verb castīgāre, meaning "to discipline for a faul

  • patriot

    04/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 4, 2024 is: patriot • \PAY-tree-ut\  • noun Patriot refers to a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for their country. // Addy enjoyed looking at old photographs of her grandmother, a patriot who served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, in uniform. See the entry > Examples: “Today’s National Poll Worker Recruitment Day was established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to address the critical shortage of poll workers by encouraging people to be a patriot and sign up to be a poll worker.” — The North Port (Florida) Sun, 23 Aug. 2023 Did you know? To be called a patriot is today considered an honor, but it wasn’t always this way. For much of the 17th century, to be deemed a “good patriot” was to be a lover of one’s country who agreed on political and/or religious matters with whoever was doing the deeming. British loyalists applied

  • insuperable

    03/07/2024 Duração: 02min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 3, 2024 is: insuperable • \in-SOO-puh-ruh-bul\  • adjective Something described as insuperable is impossible to gain control of, solve, or overcome. // The book tells the inspiring story of a group of people who achieved a great deal despite nearly insuperable obstacles. See the entry > Examples: "A love story comes into meteoric focus in this musical [The Lonely Few], which features a book by Rachel Bonds and a score by Zoe Sarnak. Two women who are attached to their cultural roots yet alienated by the conservative values of their communities hold for each other the answer to problems that until now have seemed insuperable." — Charles McNulty, The Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 Did you know? Insuperable is a super word: that is, it belongs to a family of English terms that come from the Latin word super, meaning "over." It first appeared in print in the 14th century, and as a

  • glade

    02/07/2024 Duração: 02min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 2, 2024 is: glade • \GLAYD\  • noun A glade is a grassy open space in a forest. // She felt the most at ease outdoors, often taking delight in the peaceful glades she came across on her hikes. See the entry > Examples: “[Elsie] Reford was no professional gardener, just a very stubborn Ontarian with a lot of money, and although she started in 1926, before the road arrived, she somehow transformed a spruce forest into a glade of delights—in a part of the world where it often snows as late as May.” — Nina Caplan, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2023 Did you know? In his poem “After the Winter,” Jamaican-born poet and novelist Claude McKay writes of a “summer isle / Where bamboos spire to shafted grove / And wide-mouthed orchids smile,” declaring that “… we will build a cottage there / Beside an open glade …” It’s a serene, joyous vision offered to the speaker’s beloved, and it may shine a

  • abhor

    01/07/2024 Duração: 01min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 1, 2024 is: abhor • \ub-HOR\  • verb Abhor is synonymous with loathe. Something or someone who is abhorred is regarded with extreme disgust or hatred. // Mariah is an animal rights activist who abhors any and all mistreatment of animals. See the entry > Examples: "While Anne's embarrassed by the slightest bit of conflict, disruptive Jenny abhors obedience—she's a roll of Mentos dropped into her sister's placid Diet Coke life." — Peter Debruge, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Did you know? Those who shudder to think about having to clean dirty carpets might fairly be said to abhor a vacuum. Nature is often said to abhor a vacuum as well, albeit a different one—according to plenists, there is always some matter or material floating around ready to fill a void. Interior designers afflicted with horror vacui abhor vacuums as well, being unable to tolerate empty spaces in artistic designs. In ea

  • kudos

    30/06/2024 Duração: 02min

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 30, 2024 is: kudos • \KOO-dahss\  • noun Kudos refers to praise someone receives because of an act or achievement, or to fame and renown that results from an act or achievement. // Kudos to everyone who helped clean up the community garden. // The company has received kudos for responding so quickly to customers’ concerns. See the entry > Examples: “[Sydney] Sweeney is not the first actor to smartly partner up with a studio, but kudos to her for being so transparent. Indeed, her self-branding as a wheeler-dealer is yet another step in her savvy journey up the industry ladder.” — David Sims, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2024 Did you know? Kudos looks like it means “more than one kudo,” but it didn’t begin that way. Kudos is one of a number of Greek-derived English nouns ending in -os; like pathos, ethos, and mythos, kudos is a mass noun. There are no subdivisions in the idea of kudos, a