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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
13
2013

critical

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

crI tih k@l

adjective
definition 1:  tending to make severe judgments or to find fault.
example:  Her mother-in-law was so critical that it seemed impossible please her.
example:  Many citizens have become critical of the current government and are demanding reforms.

definition 2:  characterized by or involving careful and exact analysis and evaluation.
example:  Scientific research requires critical thinking.

definition 3:  of the nature of a crisis; being at the very highest point of danger but still allowing the possibility of a positive outcome.
example:  She’s in the hospital and her condition is considered critical.

definition 4:  extremely important.
example:  It is critical that you understand these instructions; making a mistake could have dangerous consequences.
example:  The testimony of this witness is critical to the case for the defense.

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