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December 14, 2017 2:30 pm
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Merriam-Webster continues to do their part to bring a bit of joy into the mess that is 2017. After declaring that their word of the year is “feminism,” the dictionary also released an illustrated list of the most looked-up words in 2017 and used a photo of Ivanka Trump to explain what one word meant: “complicit.”

Complicit was the second-most looked-up word of the year, driven by the current political climate as well as Saturday Night Live skits. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.”

SNL aired a skit in March for a fragrance called “Complicit,” described as “The fragrance for the woman who could stop all this … but won’t.”

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Gayle King later asked Ivanka point-blank whether she was “complicit” in the happenings of the White House, and she responded that she “didn’t know what it means to be ‘complicit.’”

Someone should direct the First Daughter to Merriam-Webster next time.