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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
22
2014

diminish

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih mIn ihsh

intransitive verb
definition:  to decrease or abate; dwindle.
example:  As the daylight began to diminish, we headed back to camp.
example: The pain diminished somewhat after taking the medication.
example:  The volume of the trumpets should diminish gradually in this section.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to decrease or cause to appear decreased in size, prestige, or importance.
example:  He felt his wife’s success in show business diminished his own achievements.

definition 2:  to detract from the honor or reputation of; disparage; belittle.
example:  His cowardice diminished him in his son’s eyes.
example:  The accusation of tax evasion diminished her reputation as an honest politician.

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