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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 15, 2021 is: heinous • \HAY-nus\ • adjective : hatefully or shockingly evil : abominable Examples: The former dictator will stand trial for the role he played in his government's heinous treatment of political dissidents. "As with garden-variety bullies and toughs, the unearned self-regard of tyrants is ete…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 14, 2021 is: blithesome • \BLIGHTH-sum\ • adjective : with lightheartedness or unconcern : gay, merry Examples: "The stranger had given a blithesome promise, and anchored it with oaths; but oaths and anchors equally will drag; naught else abides on fickle earth but unkept promises of joy." — Herman Melville…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 13, 2021 is: exhilarate • \ig-ZIL-uh-rayt\ • verb : to make (someone) very happy and excited or elated Examples: "To be working, to be making a film for the cinema, at a time when so many people were wondering if that would ever be possible again, was exhilarating. We proved to ourselves the heady fact that…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 12, 2021 is: veracity • \vuh-RASS-uh-tee\ • noun 1 : conformity with truth or fact : accuracy 2 : devotion to the truth : truthfulness 3 : power of conveying or perceiving truth 4 : something true Examples: English poet Thomas Gray wrote, "Any fool may write a most valuable book by chance, if he will only t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 11, 2021 is: importunate • \im-POR-chuh-nut\ • adjective 1 : troublesomely urgent : overly persistent in request or demand 2 : troublesome Examples: "It seems apt that in the play's first scene, set at 6 a.m. in Lagos, Nigeria, an importunate young customer asks the barber he's so rudely awakened to give hi…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 10, 2021 is: shrive • \SHRYVE\ • verb 1 : to administer the sacrament of reconciliation to 2 : to free from guilt Examples: "Once every three months, Pancho took his savings and drove into Monterey to confess his sins, to do his penance, and be shriven and to get drunk, in the order named." — John Steinbeck…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 9, 2021 is: paean • \PEE-un\ • noun 1 : a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph 2 : a work that praises or honors its subject : encomium, tribute Examples: "But Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town,' set amid the mountains there, is no folksy paean to simplicity. It's a boldly experimental…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 8, 2021 is: frugal • \FROO-gul\ • adjective : characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources Examples: "Frugal diners might prefer hitting Ulrich's on Monday nights, when all burgers are $3 off. It's one of the best deals Downtown, or anywhere in town." — Nick Vlahos, The Peoria (Illinois) J…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 7, 2021 is: archipelago • \ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh\ • noun 1 : an expanse of water with many scattered islands 2 : a group of islands 3 : something resembling an archipelago; especially : a group or scattering of similar things Examples: "The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, is recognized …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 6, 2021 is: deep-six • \DEEP-SIKS\ • verb 1 : to get rid of : discard, eliminate 2 slang : to throw overboard Examples: Citing budget concerns, the city council announced that it has deep-sixed plans to repave the city's bike trails. "The movement impressed the Clinton White House, which began drafting an e…
 
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