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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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  • 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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Dec
23
2013

characteristic

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

kaer @k t@ rIs tihk

adjective
definition 1:  indicating the typical or distinguishing attributes and qualities of a person, group, action, or thing.
example:  This pattern of color is characteristic of this type of bird.
example:  Crying is characteristic behavior of infants.

definition 2:  marked by uniqueness or distinctiveness.
example:  His characteristic way of walking makes him easy to recognize.

noun
definition:  a salient feature; distinctive trait.
example:  Tails that can grasp things are a characteristic of monkeys.

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