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# Word for the Day

  The wielding of power through cruelty and terror… despotism   Despotism is a way of ruling in which the leader has total, unchecked power. Joseph Stalin purged the Soviet Union of all his opponents in order to rule the country through despotism. He didn’t have many friends.   Despotism can also describe tyranny, the wielding of power…

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# Word for the Day

  impulsive and unpredictable… capricious   Capricious is an adjective to describe a person or thing that’s impulsive and unpredictable, like a bride who suddenly leaves her groom standing at the wedding altar.   You can criticize a fickle-minded person as capricious, but it could just as well describe quickly changing weather, as in “capricious spring storms.” It’s…