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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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  • 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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Aug
30
2013

define

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih faIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or state the meaning of (a word or phrase).
example:  Dictionaries attempt to define words clearly and precisely.
example:  You should define unfamiliar terms at the beginning of your paper.

definition 2:  to establish or determine the limits or extent of.
example:  The boundaries of the farm are clearly defined.

definition 3:  to clearly specify.
example:  The property owner and the electrical contractor defined the terms of their agreement before any work on the house was begun.

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