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Dictionary.com announces ‘complicit’ is their 2017 Word of the Year.
We're so excited to announce that the Word of the Year is covfefe!
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) November 27, 2017
It’s a word that’s been bandied about quite a bit during the year, with Ivanka Trump acknowledging during an interview she didn’t know what it meant to be “complicit” and Senator Jeff Flake announcing he would not run for another term as he would not be “complicit” with President’s Trump administration.
Lexicographer Jane Solomon revealed to the Associated Press of this year’s pick, “This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit. Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent.”
According to Solomon, searches of the word ‘complicit’ shot up nearly 300 percent over last year, especially with the increase in sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.
So what exactly does it mean to be ‘complicit?’ Dictionary.com defines the word as, “Choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.”