Word of the Day – Meritocracy

By January 24, 2019Word of the Day

Meritocracy (noun)

me-rit-ok-ras-ee

Government or the holding of power by people selected according to merit.

Example sentences

“Australia is the most successful meritocracy in the world.”

Word of the Day – Pogrom

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Pogrom (noun) pog-rom An organized massacre of a particular ethnic group, in particular that of Jews in Russia or eastern Europe. Early 20th century from Russian, literally ‘devastation’, from gromit…

Word of the Day – Sexpartite

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Sexpartitie (adj) seks-part-ite Divided or involving division into six parts. Mid 18th century from sexi-‘six’ + partite, on the pattern of words such as bipartite. (more…)

Word of the Day – Ambergris

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Ambergris (noun) am-bu-gris A waxy substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture. Late Middle…

Word of the Day – Dishlicker

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Dishlicker (noun) (Aus) dish-li-ker A dog, specifically a greyhound or racing dog.   (more…)

Word of the Day – Fuhgeddaboudit

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Fuhgeddaboudit (contraction) fu-ged-ab-ow-dit (informal) Forget about it.(used to indicate that a scenario is unlikely or undesirable) 1980s representing a regional pronunciation of forget about it associated especially with New York…

Word of the Day – Brimstone

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Brimstone (noun) brim-stow-n (archaic) Sulphur Late Old English brynstān, probably from bryne ‘burning’ + stān‘stone’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Anabatic

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Anabatic (adj) an-ab-at-ik (meteorological) (of a wind) caused by local upward motion of warm air. Early 20th century from Greek anabatikos, from anabatēs ‘a person who ascends’, from anabainein ‘walk…

Word of the Day – Omnibenevolence

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Omnibenevolence (noun) om-nee-ben-ev-o-lens (with reference to a deity) perfect or unlimited goodness. (more…)

Word of the Day – Agathism

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Agathism (noun) ag-ath-iz-m The doctrine that all things ultimately tend towards good, although the means by which this comes about may be evil, unpleasant, unfortunate, etc. Mid 19th century; earliest…

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