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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 19, 2021 is: chlamys • \KLAM-us\ • noun : a short oblong mantle worn by young men of ancient Greece Examples: "Perhaps her effect on him was as despotic and intoxicating as the poets claimed. Rumors reached Rome that he had abandoned his toga for the Greek chlamys; that she reviewed his troops with a body…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 18, 2021 is: forfend • \for-FEND\ • verb 1 a archaic : forbid b : to ward off : prevent 2 : protect, preserve Examples: "All too often, the selfie is looked down upon with condescension, viewed as the narcissist's calling card, treated with scorn and disdain. But why? Heaven forfend we show evidence of lo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 17, 2021 is: purloin • \per-LOYN\ • verb : to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust Examples: "A comfortable career of prosperity, if it does not make people honest, at least keeps them so. An alderman coming from a turtle feast will not step out of his carnage to steal a leg of mutton; bu…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 16, 2021 is: lodestone • \LOHD-stohn\ • noun 1 : magnetite possessing polarity 2 : something that strongly attracts Examples: "… the city was a lodestone of rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues innovation." — John Beifuss, The Memphis (Tennessee) Commercial Appeal, 2 Nov. 2020 "[Britney] Spears … became a v…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2021 is: obstreperous • \ub-STREP-uh-rus\ • adjective 1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous 2 : stubbornly resistant to control : unruly Examples: "Throughout a long career, [Lawrence Ferlinghetti] showed courage, taste and willingness to put up with sometimes obstreperous writers f…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 14, 2021 is: discomfit • \diss-KUM-fit\ • verb 1 : to put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment : disconcert 2 a : to frustrate the plans of : thwart b archaic : to defeat in battle Examples: Jacob was discomfited by the new employee's forward, probing questions. "Upon entering the theater, the aud…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 13, 2021 is: minatory • \MIN-uh-tor-ee\ • adjective : having a menacing quality Examples: "Then the squirrel seemed to notice Vinnie; to turn a minatory black eye toward him. The eye extended out from its head an inch or two on a little silvery stalk and tilted this way and that." — John Shirley, Crawlers…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 12, 2021 is: gallant • \GAL-unt\ • adjective 1 : showy in dress or bearing : smart 2 a : splendid, stately b : spirited, brave c : nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing 3 : courteously and elaborately attentive Examples: "But travel-stained though he was, he was well and even richly attired, and wit…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 11, 2021 is: drub • \DRUB\ • verb 1 : to beat severely 2 : to berate critically 3 : to defeat decisively Examples: Morale after the game was low: the hometown team had been drubbed by the worst team in the league. "After getting drubbed by a combined 65 points, the Warriors beat two winless teams—Chicago …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 10, 2021 is: fatuous • \FATCH-oo-us\ • adjective : complacently or inanely foolish : silly Examples: "You would have to be an inattentive person never to have noticed the incongruity between the well-informed but fatuous opinions of your forward-thinking peers on the one hand, and the simple but wise judg…
 
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