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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 25, 2021 is: hector • \HEK-ter\ • verb Hector means "to criticize or question in a threatening manner." // The mediator asked the unruly members of the audience to cease hectoring the speaker. See the entry > Examples: "… a sport hectored by scandal and dogged by unanswerable questions." — Bob Ford, The…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 24, 2021 is: mirage • \muh-RAHZH\ • noun A mirage is a reflection of light that can trick the mind into interpreting a sight as an apparently solid thing. The word is also used figuratively to describe things that are illusory or unattainable. // What the shipwrecked crew thought was a ship on the horiz…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 23, 2021 is: bogus • \BOH-gus\ • adjective Bogus means "not real or genuine"—it is synonymous with fake or counterfeit. // The art dealer proved the painting to be bogus. See the entry > Examples: "Investigators said Talens … cheated manufacturers and merchants of more than $31 million by producing bogu…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 22, 2021 is: devotion • \dih-VOH-shun\ • noun Devotion means being dedicated or loyal, or expressing dedication or loyalty. // The organizer's devotion to the cause of the fundraiser was greatly admired. // The students' devotion of their time to the science project was not overlooked by their teacher. …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 21, 2021 is: untoward • \un-TOH-erd\ • adjective Untoward means "unruly, unfavorable, or improper." // The rules specify that untoward behavior will not be tolerated. See the entry > Examples: "At 82, Judy Collins retains the crystalline tone that made her an icon of the early 1960s folk music movement,…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 20, 2021 is: batten • \BAT-un\ • verb Batten means "to furnish or fasten with or as if with supports." // Residents battened down their doors and windows before the storm. See the entry > Examples: "Everything was battened down and they were all set to leave the round-the-clock eatery—until they discove…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 19, 2021 is: nomenclature • \NOH-mun-klay-cher\ • noun Nomenclature is most often used for a system of names for things, especially in science. // Starting a new job or entering a new field of study means becoming familiar with the nomenclature. See the entry > Examples: "Not everything called democracy…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 18, 2021 is: zaftig • \ZAHF-tig\ • adjective Zaftig means "having a full, rounded figure"—in other words, "pleasingly plump." // Portraits of zaftig models are exhibited in the artist's collection. See the entry > Examples: "The photography exhibition revels in depictions of Coney Island, including Lise…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 17, 2021 is: perpetuity • \per-puh-TOO-uh-tee\ • noun Perpetuity is a state of continuing forever or for a very long time. // The property will be passed on from generation to generation in perpetuity. See the entry > Examples: "Nearly 120 acres in Bradford County … will be free from development in perp…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 16, 2021 is: gossamer • \GAH-suh-mer\ • adjective Gossamer means "extremely light, delicate, or tenuous." // Except for a few gossamer clouds, the sky was clear and blue. See the entry > Examples: "The dragonfly is our state insect…. As a beautiful predator with gossamer wings…, this insect deserves far…
 
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