Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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    shaI st@r

    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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    neI seI @r

    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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kən traIv

transitive verb
1. to plan cleverly or ingeniously; devise; invent.
example: The prisoner contrived his escape with great care. She contrived an excuse that was wholly believable.

2. to scheme or plot with treacherous intent.
example: The conspirators contrived the overthrow of the ruler.

3. to cleverly devise (a mechanism or the like), esp. by improvising.
example: A clockmaker, John Harrison, contrived the marine chronometer, a device which allowed one to calculate one’s longitude at sea.

4. to manage, esp. by overcoming obstacles.
example: They contrived a way to get across the river.

intransitive verb
to create plans; scheme.