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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
16
2013

focus

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

fo k@s

noun
definition:  the area of greatest concentration, attention, or activity.
example:  Of course, others were involved, but our son was the primary focus of our concern.
example:  The focus of the nature program was the dire situation of the polar bear.
example:  They feel there should be a stronger focus on science in the elementary school curriculum.

intransitive verb
definition:  to concentrate one’s attention or activity (usually followed by “on”).
example:  I have trouble focusing on my work when I’m tired.
example:  The researchers focused on the question of causation.


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