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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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Feb
25
2014

assumption

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ suhmp  sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act of supposing or taking for granted.
example:  You have never met the man, and your opinion of him is based purely on assumption.

definition 2:  that which is supposed or taken for granted.
example:  She was indeed lost, but his assumption that she was a tourist was incorrect.
example:  Because he was so late, she made the assumption that he’d missed his train.

definition 3:  a taking on, as of a duty, role, or office.
example:  His older brother’s abdication as king forced his assumption of the throne.
example:  Her assumption of the role of caregiver for their ailing mother was a relief to her siblings.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun assumption (definition 2)

VERB + assumption:    make ~ (e.g., made the assumption that the couple was married),  underlie ~ (e.g., Ignorance of how the world has changed underlies many of our assumptions about conditions in other countries), question ~ , examine ~ , reconsider ~ , justify ~ , validate ~ , challenge ~ , contradict ~ , invalidate ~ ,  undermine ~ , refute ~