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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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Jan
02
2014

fundamental

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

fuhn d@ men t@l

adjective
definition 1:  serving as a foundation; basic; central.
example:  Ability to read is fundamental to getting an education.
example:  You need a fundamental understanding of physics to study astronomy.

definition 2:  of or relating to essential purpose or function.
example:  The company made a fundamental change in direction.

noun
definition:  a basic principle of a framework, system, process, or the like.
example:  Good musical composition is based on a knowledge of fundamentals.
example:  That words can be used to describe things that are not physically present is one of the fundamentals of a system of language.

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