Dictionary.com announced the Word of the Year 2017, which was marred by sexual harassment scandals, natural disasters and mass shootings.

And the word is COMPLICIT.

The website describes the word as:

Choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others.

The word saw a hike in search by three times this year.

First, when Scarlett Johansson played the character of Ivanka at The Saturday Night Live. She was seen selling a fragrance called ‘Complicit’ as: ‘She’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s complicit”.


Ivanka had previously said that she was “complicit” in Trump’s agendas, mistaking the word to have a good meaning.

The second rise in traffic was after Ivanka’s appearance on CBS This Morning a few weeks later, when she was quoted as saying: ‘I don’t know what it means to be complicit”.


The word was also widely used with respect to increasing harassment accusations against big men of Hollywood, while discussing as to whether knowing about a crime and staying silent makes someone complicit?


Well, complicit might be the word of the year but you wouldn’t want to be one.