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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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Sep
30
2013

influence

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

In flu @ns

noun
definition 1:  the power or intangible action of one thing or person which brings about an effect on another.
example:  Her friends had a lot of influence on her decision to go into acting.
example:  We can see the influence of Picasso in this artist’s works.
example:  The ideas of Karl Marx had a strong influence on him as a youth.
example:  The driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol.

definition 2:  a thing or person that exerts such action.
example:  She had always been a major influence in her younger sister’s life.
example:  The works of the French impressionists were his early influences.

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