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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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Jul
02
2013

constraint

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n streInt

noun
definition 1:  the state of confinement or restraint.
example:  He nearly went mad during his constraint in prison.

definition 2:  something that compels, confines, or restrains.
example:  He thought he would be happier without the constraints of a regular job.
example:  She felt the art school was too conservative and put constraints on her creativity.

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