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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
15
2013

demonstrate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

de m@n streIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or describe, esp. by modeling or using many examples.
example:  Using visual aids, the teacher demonstrated how a solar eclipse occurs.
example:  Our skating instructor always demonstrates the moves before we try to do them.

definition 2:  to show evidence of; prove.
example:  By the end of the trial, the lawyer had demonstrated his client’s innocence.
example:  The researchers hoped their results would demonstrate that the treatment was effective.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb demonstrate (definition 2)

demonstrate + NOUN:    ~ ability, ~ competence, ~ skill, ~ mastery, ~ commitment, ~ understanding, ~ knowledge, ~ benefit,  ~ potential,  ~ effectiveness, ~ efficacy,  ~ importance,  ~ commitment, ~ willingness, ~ feasibility, ~ versatility, ~ viability