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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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    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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Aug
13
2014

complicate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

kam plih keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more difficult or complex.
example:  We were already lost, but getting the wrong directions only complicated the situation.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb complicate

complicate + NOUN:   ~ situation, ~ problem  ~ matter, ~ issue,  ~ efforts, ~ task ~ , process, ~ negotiation, ~ search, ~ quest, ~ recovery, ~ analysis, ~ debate, ~ diagnosis, ~ dispute, ~ outlook, ~ picture, ~ prospect, ~ planning, ~ scenario, ~ diplomacy, ~ rescue, ~ recovery, ~ puzzle, ~ equation, ~ relationship

ADVERB + complicate:    considerably ~ , somewhat ~ , greatly ~ , undoubtedly ~ , unnecessarily ~ , unduly ~ , enormously ~ , tremendously ~, vastly ~ , severely ~ , thereby ~