Merriam-Webster is not a fan of Ivanka Trump's alternative definition

By Tierney McAfee
April 05, 2017 11:58 AM
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Ivanka Trump and Merriam-Webster have two very different definitions of the word “complicit.”

In an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King on Wednesday, the first daughter and adviser to the president responded to critics who have said she and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, are “complicit” with President Donald Trump.

“If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit,” Ivanka said.

I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” she added, “but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

Merriam-Webster was quick to correct Ivanka on Twitter, sharing a link to the actual definition of the word complicit: “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.”

” ‘Complicit’ is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS ‘I don’t know what it means to be complicit,’ ” the dictionary tweeted.

This isn’t the first time recently that the word “complicit” has had people reaching for their dictionaries. On March 12 — one day after Saturday Night Live aired a fake commercial in which Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka promoted her signature scent, Complicit — the word became the number-one searched term on Merriam-Webster.

It’s also not the first time Merriam-Webster has trolled a Trump.

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Here are five examples:

1. The time when Merriam-Webster couldn’t define “unpresidented” … because it’s not a word

That public service announcement came in response to then-President-elect Trump misspelling the word “unprecedented” in a Dec. 17 tweet. His tweet was later deleted and replaced with the same message — but with “unprecedented” spelled correctly.

2. The dictionary made more of an effort with other Trump misspellings

3. The time when Merriam-Webster pleaded with its followers to stop looking up the word “fascism”

This was a more subtle dig, but it helps to know that the tweet was sent out just three weeks after Trump was elected president.

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4. The time when Merriam-Webster made it clear there’s no such thing as “alternative facts”

5. The time when Merriam-Webster schooled Kellyanne Conway on feminism

It’s not, as Trump’s top adviser claimed, about being “anti-male” and “pro-abortion.”

And that’s what you get for using “alternative definitions.”