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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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Sep
09
2013

embroil

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

ihm broIl

transitive verb

1. to involve in conflict.
example: The small nation embroiled its neighbor in a dispute over boundary lines.
example: Don’t embroil me in your squabbles!

2. to confuse or complicate.
example: During the Reign of Terror which began in 1792, he behaved with an energy and an intrepidity honorable to him as a man; in general, however, his course tended to embroil and not to guard American interests. (Henry Jones Ford, Washington and his colleagues; a chronicle of the rise and fall of federalism)