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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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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    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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Jan
16
2014

assume

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ sum

transitive verb
definition 1:  to suppose (something) to be true without evidence; take for granted.
example:  It was four o’clock Monday afternoon, so I assumed she was still at work.
example:  I assumed that he could answer my calculus question because he had been a math professor.

definition 2:  to take on, as a duty, role, or appearance.
example:  She assumed the burden of caring for his aging mother without complaining.
example:  The ghost assumed bodily form.

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