Dictionary.com Announces Its 2017 Word of the Year

November 28, 2017

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What word has impacted you the most throughout the past 12 months? Well, Dictionary.com has just announced the 'Word of the Year' for 2017 is "complicit."

According to Dictionary.com, complicit means "choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” The word was traced through the site's trending lookup data.

Do you know what it means to be complicit? Dictionary.com has reported that the word first had an increase in daily lookups back in March. It just so happens to have caught the attention of many users a day after a certain Saturday Night Live skit.

The negative term had the largest increase of lookups in 2017 as it spiked over 11,000% in April. Dictionary.com states that they chose complicit as the word of the year mainly "because of noteworthy stories of those who have refused to be complicit."