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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 31, 2021 is: dally • \DAL-ee\ • verb 1 a : to act playfully; especially : to play amorously b : to deal lightly : toy 2 a : to waste time b : linger, dawdle Examples: Alton has been dallying with the idea of starting a bakery. "Just as businesses that dallied too long before moving into the era of computin…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 30, 2021 is: wherefore • \WAIR-for\ • adverb 1 : for what reason or purpose : why 2 : therefore Examples: "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1594-95 "According to The Blast, the legal filing said 'Wherefore, Petitioner requests an order of this court that t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 29, 2021 is: palaver • \puh-LAV-er\ • noun 1 a : a long discussion or meeting parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication b : conference, discussion 2 a : idle talk b : misleading or beguiling speech Examples: Enough of this palaver. We have a lot to discuss. "[Adrian D…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 28, 2021 is: bivouac • \BIV-uh-wak\ • verb 1 : to make a temporary encampment under little or no shelter 2 : to take shelter often temporarily 3 : to provide temporary quarters for Examples: The climbers bivouacked under the cliff's ledge. "Bivouacked in the middle of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf—a five-ho…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 27, 2021 is: jeremiad • \jair-uh-MYE-ud\ • noun : a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue Examples: The news story was a scathing jeremiad against the invasion of privacy on celebrities. "We can expect a volley of jeremiads against wind power, as perhaps half that fleet …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 26, 2021 is: urbane • \er-BAYN\ • adjective : notably polite or polished in manner Examples: "When had my willful and boorish cousin turned into this urbane young artist greeting the guests at her opening reception?" wondered James. "Offstage, he could be sensitive or surly, charming or sometimes combative…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 25, 2021 is: hagiography • \hag-ee-AH-gruh-fee\ • noun 1 : biography of saints or venerated persons 2 : idealizing or idolizing biography Examples: "Music documentaries can veer into hagiography. That's not this story. It goes up and down, with constant left turns and surprises you don't expect." — Edgar W…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 24, 2021 is: lexical • \LEK-sih-kul\ • adjective 1 : of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction 2 : of or relating to a lexicon or to lexicography Examples: As stated in the catalog, the university's second-year language courses are designed t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 23, 2021 is: expropriate • \ek-SPROH-pree-ayt\ • verb 1 : to deprive of possession or proprietary rights 2 : to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession Examples: The city council rejected a proposal to expropriate private property for the highway expansion. "Newspapers, in particular, ha…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 22, 2021 is: guttural • \GUTT-uh-rul\ • adjective 1 : articulated in the throat 2 : velar 3 : being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable Examples: We asked the bouncer for directions, but he only responded with an inarticulate guttural grunt. "And when you hear the strange gu…
 
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