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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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Nov
19
2013

conclusion

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n klu zh@n

noun
definition 1:  an ending or termination.
example:  Students are under a great deal of pressure near the conclusion of the semester.

definition 2:  a result or outcome.
example:  The disappointing conclusion of the negotiations angered many of the workers.

definition 3:  the final part of a written work or speech.
example:  She summarized her points nicely in the conclusion of her paper.

definition 4:  an inference reached by reasoning.
example:  If a planet can sustain plant life, what conclusions can you draw about its atmosphere?
example:  After a complete examination of the body, the doctor reached the conclusion that death was accidental.
example:  Judging by his clothing, she thought the man to be a beggar, but she tried not to jump to any conclusions.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun conclusion (definition 4)

VERB + (to) + conclusion:    draw ~ , reach ~ , make ~ ,  support ~ , come to ~ ,  jump to ~ , lead to ~