Dictionary.com's 2017 Word of the Year: complicit

Dictionary.com is out with its word of the year and the winner is "complicit," which means choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.

The word began to gain traction in April when Ivanka Trump told an interviewer, “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” 

It also came up in a parody of Ivanka on "Saturday Night Live."

Interest in the word also spiked when Arizona Senator Jeff Flake used it on the House floor on October 24th when he announced he would not seek re-election:

"Because politics can make us silent when we should speak and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to. And so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit or silent."

Look-ups for the word increased nearly 300 percent over last year as "complicit" hit just about every hot button from politics to natural disasters.

Online: www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-year-2017

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