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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day: Episodes

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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 19, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>officious</strong> &#149; \uh-FISH-us\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 18, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>leitmotif</strong> &#149; \LYTE-moh-teef\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : a melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 17, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>rife</strong> &#149; \RYFE\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : prevalent especially to an increasing degree 2 : abundant, common 3 : copiously ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 16, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>meliorism</strong> &#149; \MEE-lee-uh-riz-um\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 15, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>execrable</strong> &#149; \EK-sih-kruh-bul\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : deserving to be execrated <strong>:</strong> detestable 2 : very ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 14, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>devise</strong> &#149; \dih-VYZE\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
1 a : to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 13, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>threnody</strong> &#149; \THREN-uh-dee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: a song of lamentation for the dead <strong>:</strong> elegy <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 12, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>hallowed</strong> &#149; \HAL-ohd\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : holy, consecrated 2 : sacred, revered <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 11, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>anodyne</strong> &#149; \AN-uh-dyne\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : serving to alleviate pain 2 : not likely to offend or arouse tensions <br ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 10, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>egregious</strong> &#149; \ih-GREE-juss\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: conspicuous; <em>especially</em> <strong>:</strong> conspicuously bad <b>:</b> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 09, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>injunction</strong> &#149; \in-JUNK-shun\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : the act or an instance of enjoining <strong>:</strong> order, admonition 2 ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 08, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>Byzantine</strong> &#149; \BIZ-un-teen\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium or of ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 07, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>prototype</strong> &#149; \PROH-tuh-type\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : an original model on which something is patterned <strong>:</strong> archetype ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 06, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>chouse</strong> &#149; \CHOWSS\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: cheat, trick <br />
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In Dickens&#146;s A Tale ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 05, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>trenchant</strong> &#149; \TREN-chunt\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : keen, sharp 2 : vigorously effective and articulate; <em>also</em> <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 04, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>demagogue</strong> &#149; \DEM-uh-gahg\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 03, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>fusty</strong> &#149; \FUSS-tee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : saturated with dust and stale odors <strong>:</strong> musty 2 : rigidly old-fashioned ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 02, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>malapropism</strong> &#149; \noun\&nbsp; &#149; <em>MAL-uh-prah-piz-um</em><br />
1 : the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 01, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>simplistic</strong> &#149; \sim-PLISS-tik\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: excessively simple <strong>:</strong> not complete or thorough enough <b>:</b> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 31, 2014 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>adduce</strong> &#149; \uh-DOOSS\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis <br />
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