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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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May
30
2014

argument

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ar gy@ m@nt

noun
definition 1:  a discussion in which there is disagreement along with presentation of various sides of an issue.
example:  The class was divided in the argument over the primary cause of the war.

definition 2:  a heated discussion; verbal quarrel.
example:  The husband and wife had had an argument and now refused to speak to each other.

definition 3:  a reason in favor of or against something.
example:  Her argument in favor of expanding the physical education program was convincing.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun argument (definition 3)

ADJECTIVE + argument:    strong ~ , logical ~ , convincing ~ , compelling ~ , persuasive ~ , powerful ~ , valid ~ , coherent ~ , cogent ~ , rational ~ , counter ~ , questionable ~ , circular ~ , weak ~ , invalid ~ ,  irrelevant ~ , fallacious ~ , untenable ~ , unconvincing ~ , specious ~

VERB + argument:    present ~ , put forward ~ , advance ~ , support ~ , strengthen ~ , accept ~ , refute ~ , reject ~ , counter ~ , dismiss ~ , undermine ~ , construct ~ , summarize ~