Dictionary.com announces that “complicit” is its 2017 word of the year

In a fiery Monday morning blog post touching on everything from Ivanka Trump to the NFL protests, Dictionary.com, one of the internet’s shadiest vocabulary resources, announced its 2017 word of the year: “complicit.”

According to the announcement, searches for the word “complicit” first spiked in March, with a 10,000% increase in lookups the day after a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Ivanka Trump, played by Scarlett Johansson, advertising a fragrance called Complicit, for “the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”

Searches for “complicit” spiked again in April after the actual Ivanka Trump gave an interview in which she responded to accusations that she and husband Jared Kushner were complicit in President Donald Trump’s actions. In her answer, Trump twisted the definition of the word, telling interviewer Gayle King, “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.”

The first daughter then added, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.”

But the word’s strange orbit around Trump’s oldest daughter wasn’t the sole factor in its taking the 2017 prize: Dictionary.com also called out Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt as “complicit in his refusal to acknowledge that humans play a primary role in climate change.” The announcement also targeted the “complicity” of Hollywood insiders who tolerated a culture of rampant sexual harassment by powerful men, as well as the social media giants that may have been “complicit in the propagation of propaganda, fake news and disinformation” during the 2016 election.

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Someone just compiled a list of all the words Ivanka Trump has misused
what does Ivanka think "juxtaposition" means? https://t.co/MhGikQVXQJ
weird use of "overlay," Ivanka https://t.co/F1nuC9mSIF
throwback to when Ivanka didn't know how to correctly use "happy birthday" https://t.co/rnf2xzDpr1
ah yes, Ivanka, competitions tend to be...highly competitive https://t.co/8ZJO3eqg1m
@evepeyser eve, conspicuously, this is so funny.
@evepeyser Her English is perfectly cromulent
@ZachWritesStuff @evepeyser Albeit your tweet is relative funny.
@evepeyser Other problematic words for Ivanka: integrity, complicity, humanity, empathy, equality, honesty ...
She also doesn’t know what “complicit” means https://t.co/eR8NxONTmB
it turns out Ivanka has been confused about "otherwise" since 2015 (or otherwise!) https://t.co/oveAG0KqrW https://t.co/Gn2mBlZWtP
who could forget her infamous "otherwise" tweet? https://t.co/XANxpJNQxM
a running list of words Ivanka Trump doesn't know how to use: relative, albeit https://t.co/IHg2xFcI1E

Dictionary.com ended its blog post with a warning that “even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit.”

“Complicit” takes its place next to “xenophobia,” the site’s 2016 word of the year.

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