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Dictionary.com Picks 'Complicit' As Word Of The Year

Inspired in no small part by Ivanka Trump, Dictionary.com has chosen "complicit" as 2017's word of the year.

Inspired in no small part by Ivanka Trump, Dictionary.com has chosen "complicit" as 2017's word of the year.

From the Hill:

“This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit,” lexicographer Jane Solomon told The Associated Press in explaining the choice. “Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent.”

Solomon said searches for the word were up 300 percent, with spikes correlated to an SNL sketch about Ivanka Trump, her use of "complicit" in an interview, and the third after comments made by Sen. Jeff Flake.

As for the reasoning behind choosing "complicit":

Dictionary.com said on its website that the choice of the word this year is "as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action," the website said. "The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit."

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