Ivanka Trump Can’t Define “Complicit”, Gets Roasted by Dictionary Company on Twitter

So far, prominent figures from every aspect of American society have been coming forward to denounce Trump and make fun of his embarrassment of an administration. Everyone from celebrities to historians to major news media publications have taken to outright mocking the president and his advisers, which is hardly surprising given the administration’s complete incompetency so far.

The most recent voice to come out and troll a member of Trump’s inner circle, however, is one that many readers might not expect. This week, Merriam-Webster, the country’s leading dictionary publisher, embarrassed Ivanka Trump on Twitter after Ivanka admitted she had no idea what the word complicit meant.

When she was being interviewed by CBS, Ivanka was asked if she believed that her and her husband, Jared Kushner, have been complicit in advancing Trump’s agenda. Ivanka gave a completely nonsensical answer, obviously trying to cover up the fact that she had no idea what the word meant by saying that if “complicit was wanting to be a force for good”, than she was complicit.

This is, obviously, not what complicit means. In order to clear up this confusion for Ivanka, Merriam-Webster Tweeted the definition of the word at her, defining it as “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way”. While most readers will already know what this means, apparently Ivanka’s hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of elite private education failed to teach her the definition to this relatively common word.

Additionally, Webster hilariously pointed out that “complicit” was now the most searched term on their website after Ivanka admitted that she didn’t know what it meant, so perhaps thousands of Trump supporters are scrambling to find out the word’s definition as well. See the Tweet below:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>📈'Complicit' is our #1 lookup after Ivanka Trump told CBS &quot;I don’t know what it means to be complicit.&quot; <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) <a href=”″>April 5, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Webster’s has continued to troll the Trump administration in the same way, pointing out that searches for the word “conflate” also went up after Trump supporters didn’t know what it meant when seeing it in Ivanka’s interview. Additionally, Webster pointed out that searches for “operationalize” are up over 3000% following Steve Bannon’s ridiculous statement in regards to his dismissal from the National Security Council. Read this Tweet, and their article about his absurd word choice, below:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>📈Lookups for 'operationalize' are up 3196%. It means &quot;to make operational&quot;; 'de-' means &quot;do the opposite of.&quot; <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) <a href=”″>April 5, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Apparently, the new worst enemy of the Trump administration is the vocabulary of his advisers. For someone who prides himself on surrounding himself with the “best people”, Trump must be incredibly embarrassed at the fact that his own daughter completely missed the definition of a fairly common word on national television. With all of the terrifying things that the Trump administration has done, it’s moments like these that provide for a bit of much-needed levity.

Please share this article with family and friends, so that troubled Democrats around the country might gain a bit of comic relief from Ivanka’s massive blunder and Webster’s amazing response.




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