Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    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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May
28
2013

augury

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

awg yə ri

noun

definition 1: the art or practice or an instance of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens.
example: The soothsayer’s augury of death and misfortune was soon fulfilled.
example: I refuse to invest my money based on the auguries of stockbrokers.

definition 2: an omen or sign.
example: They saw the black crow and believed it an augury of bad luck.