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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
22
2013

ambiguous

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

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adjective
definition:  having two or more possible meanings or interpretations.
example:  Because the statement was ambiguous, it was understood differently by different people.

definition 2:  unclear; uncertain; obscure.
example:  His face wore an ambiguous expression.
example:  This sentence is ambiguous and leaves the reader confused.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective ambiguous

ambiguous + NOUN:    ~ statement, ~ wording, ~ sentence, ~ meaning, ~ description,  ~ results, ~ ending, ~ poem, ~ definition

ADVERB + ambiguous:    somewhat ~ , rather ~ , slightly ~ , highly ~ ,  potentially ~ , inherently ~ ,  deliberately ~ , intentionally ~ , intriguingly ~ , syntactically ~ , structurally ~ , curiously ~