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Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Oct
6

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. edit

Oct
5

orator

or @ t@r noun person who delivers a public speech, or one skilled at formal public speaking. A skilled orator can have a profoundly inspirational effect on an audience. edit

Oct
4

beneficiary

be n@ fI shi er i noun 0ne who receives or is designated to receive benefits, as of a will or insurance policy. Both his daughters were beneficiaries of his will, and each received half of his estate. edit

Oct
3

atheist

eI thi ihst noun one who believes that there is no god or gods. He’d grown up believing in God, but the war had made him an atheist. edit

Oct
2

academician

@ kae d@ mI sh@n  [or]  ae k@ d@ mI sh@n noun one who belongs to an organization, such as a college or other academy, that promotes learning. He has now retired from the university after thirty-five years as an academician. edit