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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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Mar
06
2013

cajole

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

pronunciation:    k@ jol
part of speech:    transitive verb & intransitive verb
definition:    to coax or persuade insistently, as by flattery or false promises.
example:    He tried to cajole the teacher into letting him retake the exam.

Examples from Books

It was plain, thought the dwarf, that he had come there, on behalf of his friend, to cajole or frighten the old man out of some small fraction of that wealth of which they supposed him to have an abundance. (Dickens, Old Curiosity Shop)

Then Melanie, being in want of three hundred francs for the morrow, had taken advantage of the opportunity to cajole the captain. “Come,” she said, “open your mouth; ain’t it nice, you greedy piggy-wiggy?” Burle, flushing scarlet, with glazed eyes and sunken figure, was sucking the spoon with an air of intense enjoyment. “Good heavens!” roared the major from the threshold.    (Emile Zola, Four Short Stories)