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zephyr[藞zef蓹r]

NOUN

zephyrs (plural noun) literarya soft gentle breeze.synonyms:gentle wind 路 breath of wind 路 puff of air 路 current of air 路 flurry of air 路 gust 路 blow 路 light air 路 cat’s paw

historicala fine cotton gingham.a very light article of clothing.

ORIGINlate

Old English zefferus, denoting a personification of the west wind, via Latin from Greekzephuros鈥(god of the) west wind鈥.

Sense 1 dates from the late 17th century.

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Horologium[藢h么r蓹藞l艒j膿蓹m]

DEFINITION

a faint southern constellation (the Clock), between Hydrus and Eridanus.

ADJECTIVE

Horologii (adjective) used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Horologium.“the star R HorologiiORIGINLatin.

Horologii is the Latin genitive form of Horologium.

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banalize
[buh-nal-ahyz, -nah-lahyz, beyn-l-ahyz]
verb (used with object)
1. to render or make devoid of freshness or originality;聽trivialize: Television has often been accused of banalizing even the most serious subjects.
2. To make commonplace

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punditocracy

noun

pun路鈥媎it路鈥媜c路鈥媟a路鈥cy | \ 藢p蓹n-d蓹t-藞盲-kr蓹-s膿

How to pronounce punditocracy (audio) \ plural聽punditocracies

Definition of punditocracy

: a group of powerful and influential political commentators

Examples of punditocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the WebThe conservative punditocracy was swift to portray D鈥橲ouza鈥檚 indictment as an exercise in political persecution. 鈥 Time, “President Trump Says He’s Pardoning Dinesh D’Souza. Who’s That, and What Did He Do?,” 31 May 2018 The result, the punditocracy declares, will be a full-out civil war in GOP. 鈥 Charles J. Sykes, Time, “Charlie Sykes: Roy Moore Signals the End of the Republican Party,” 28 Sep. 2017 That was before the punditocracy identified the maniacal following Trump was beginning to attract, or the disdain for establishment party leaders ruminating in The Base, or some formidable combination of both. 鈥 Jack Holmes, Esquire, “Trump Laid a Despicable Attack on McCain 2 Years Ago. Not Much Has Changed.,” 18 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘punditocracy.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

First Known Use of punditocracy

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for punditocracy

pundit + -cracy

Statistics for punditocracy

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The first known use of punditocracy was in 1987

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