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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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Oct
25
2013

contrary

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

adjective

kan trer i [or] kən trer i

1. totally different; opposite.
example: You and I hold contrary views.
example: The two boys headed off in contrary directions.

2. not favorable; adverse.
example: Cloudy skies and high winds are contrary conditions for ballooning.

3. stubbornly averse; willful.
example: It’s hard to like such a spoiled and contrary child as he is.
example: I just thought we might go to a movie; you don’t have to be so contrary!

noun

kan trer i

1. something opposite or totally different from something else.
example: His opinion was the contrary of mine.

2. one of two contrary or totally different things.

adverb

kan trer i

in opposition; counter.
example: The election outcome ran contrary to our expectations.