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  • 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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Nov
07
2013

bathos

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

beI thos

noun

1: a sudden descent from an exalted style or esteemed state to the commonplace.

example: When the police chief reported the contents of the fearsome warlord’s pockets, which included lip balm, the bathos was undeniable.

2: false or very excessive sentimentality, esp. in order to evoke pity; mawkishness.