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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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Oct
22
2013

discussion

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih skuh sh@n

noun
definition:  the act or an instance of discussing, or, collectively, the various things that are said while discussing  [to discuss:  1.  to talk together about;  2.  to consider in writing or speech].
example:  The discussion at the meeting focused on problems with the new software.
example:  The instructor led the class in a discussion of the social issues raised in their reading.
example:  Most of the discussion concerned whether the book should be considered literature or trash.
example:  The professor’s discussion of the artist’s troubled life was interesting to the students.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun discussion

VERB (+preposition) + discussion:    have ~ , hold ~ , take part in ~ ,  participate in ~ , engage in ~ , lead ~ , follow ~ , initiate ~ , start ~ , begin ~ ,  continue ~ , stimulate ~ , encourage ~ , provoke ~ ,  prompt ~ , spark ~ ,  facilitate ~ , generate ~ , promote ~ ,  summarize ~ , conclude ~

discussion + VERB:    ~ ensue, ~ begin, ~ start,  ~ arise,  ~ concern , ~ focus, ~ center, ~ revolve, ~ reveal, ~ highlight, ~ resolve, ~ continue, ~ take place