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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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May
06
2013

demur

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

dih muhr
intransitive verb

definition 1: to object or indicate opposition to something.
example: When it was suggested that the requirement be dropped, many of the teachers demurred.
example: For diplomacy’s sake, I demur here from commenting on which end includes the brains that I consider most highly evolved

noun
definition 1. the act of objecting or opposing.
example: People accepted with little demur prescriptions that would earlier have been condemned on moral grounds.
example: Upward had won a prize for poetry while at Cambridge University, but when Auden advised him to give up, he did so without demur.
definition 2. an objection itself.
example: If Wellcome noticed me leave, he made no demur, and as for Greta Marie, she’d scarcely noticed my presence to begin with.