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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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Jun
14
2013

equivocal

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

e·quiv·o·cal

ih kwI və kəl

adjective

1. having at least two plausible alternative meanings, often intentionally so, as to deceive; ambiguous.
example: We had hoped that her answer would help us make our decision, but her reply was equivocal.

2. doubtful or undecided, as in one’s opinion or attitude toward something.
example: Her feelings about her son’s choice of a wife were equivocal.

3. of unknown or uncertain significance or classification.
example: Evidence for the effectiveness of this herb was equivocal.