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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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Jul
26
2014

illustrate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

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transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or clarify by providing an example or presenting a graphic representation.
example:  My father always used examples from his own life experience to illustrate his point.
example:  The gym teacher illustrated how the move should be done by demonstrating it herself.
example:  The drawing on the opposite page helped illustrate the concept.

definition 2:  to provide pictures or drawings for (a book, story, or other work).
example:  The artist illustrated the book with very detailed drawings.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb illustrate (definition 1)

illustrate + NOUN:    ~ point, ~ principle, ~ concept, ~ idea, ~ theme, ~ tendency, ~ importance, ~ magnitude (e.g., This recent demonstration illustrates the magnitude of unrest in the region), ~ potential, ~ dilemma, ~ difficulty, ~ complexity, ~ contradiction, ~ absurdity, ~ paradox, ~ tension