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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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Sep
20
2013

describe

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih skraIb

transitive verb
definition:  to tell about; give a verbal account of.
example:  She described the sights of the city in beautiful detail.
example:  When the waiter described the dishes, they sounded delicious.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb describe

describe + NOUN:    ~ situation, ~ experience, ~ process, ~ method, ~ scene, ~ image, ~ feeling, ~ dream, ~ sensation, ~ symptom, ~ procedure, ~ technique, ~ relationship, ~ nature, ~ behavior, ~ approach , ~ model, ~ function, ~ structure, ~ phenomenon, ~ content, ~ incident, ~ mechanism (e.g., described the mechanism by which the disease is transferred from animals to humans)

describe + MODIFIER:    ~ in detail, ~ briefly, ~ fully, ~ adequately, ~ clearly,  ~ aptly, ~ vividly