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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
02
2014

altruistic

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ael tru I stihk

adjective
definition 1:  unselfishly devoted to the welfare of others.
example:  Being an altruistic person, she signed up as a volunteer with an organization that helps the poor.

definition 2:  performed or given for the benefit of others, without concern for one’s own welfare.
example:  Donating money for emergency medical supplies is an altruistic action.
example:  Their altruistic efforts were greatly appreciated by the victims of the flood.

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