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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jul
23
2014

adhere

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aed hir

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to stick or cling firmly, as by gluing (usually followed by “to”).
example:  The dust adhered to her skin.

definition 2:  to follow or hold to closely (usually followed by “to”).
example:  You’ll get into trouble if you don’t adhere to the rules.
example:  I adhered to the recipe this time, but the dish is still too salty.
example:  Despite persecution, they adhered to their religion.

definition 3:  to maintain loyalty or support (usually followed by “to”).
example:  Many of the nobles adhered to the deposed king.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb adhere (definition 2)

ADVERB + adhere:    strongly ~ , firmly ~ , faithfully ~ ,  steadfastly ~ ,  strictly ~ , consistently ~ , stubbornly ~ , rigidly ~ , fully ~ , carefully ~ , scrupulously ~ , nominally ~

adhere + to + NOUN:   ~ rule, ~ regulation, ~ protocol, ~ policy, ~ regimen, ~ curriculum, ~ routine, ~ convention, ~ custom, ~ tradition, ~ belief, ~ philosophy, ~ religion, ~ faith, ~ values, ~ principles, ~ code, ~ agreement,  ~ treaty, ~ deadline, ~ schedule, ~ guidelines