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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
04
2014

deteriorate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih tir i @ reit

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to decline or become inferior in value or quality; debase.
example:  Since she started smoking, her health has deteriorated.
example:  Due to neglect, the condition of the property is deteriorating.
example:  Our friendship has deteriorated as a result of our political differences.
example:  The situation had deteriorated to the point where the two nations were on the brink of war.

 

definition 2:  to wear away; break down little by little.
example:  The paint on all the shutters has deteriorated.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb deteriorate

NOUN + deteriorate:    situation ~ , relationship ~ , condition ~ , health ~ , performance ~ , quality ~ , strength ~ , fitness ~

ADVERB + deteriorate:    badly ~ , greatly ~ , gradually ~ , slowly ~, steadily ~ , inevitably ~, dangerously ~, subsequently ~

deteriorate + ADVERB:     rapidly ~ , sharply ~ , significantly ~ , seriously ~ , severely ~ , alarmingly ~ , dramatically ~ , drastically ~ , markedly ~ , considerably ~ , substantially ~ , somewhat ~ , gradually ~ , progressively ~ ,  mentally ~ , physically ~