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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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Sep
23
2013

cynical

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

sI nih kəl

adjective

1. showing little or no faith in human nature; distrustful or contemptuous of others’ motives.
example: To claim that people do charity work only to boost their own image shows a cynical attitude.

2. callously taking advantage of others or violating accepted morals.
example: The company got away with its cynical exploitation of workers for decades.