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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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Jul
05
2013

exploit

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

iks ploIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to turn to advantage or profit.
example:  The country is attempting to exploit its vast mineral wealth.

definition 2:  to use to one’s own advantage and to the disadvantage of  the person or thing being used.
example:  Desperate for work, the new immigrants were easily exploited as a cheap source of labor.

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