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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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Nov
22
2013

initiate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih nI shi eIt

definition 1:  to cause to begin; institute; originate.
example:  After two years of fighting, the warring countries have initiated peace negotiations.
example:  The company has initiated a new policy concerning smoking.

definition 2:  to provide with basic knowledge in a skill or field of learning.
example:  The new recruits were initiated in the techniques of self-defense.
example:  He felt that the experience of being swindled initiated him as to the ways of the world.

definition 3:  to admit as a member of a club or society by performing a formal ceremony or ritual.
example:  At the ceremony to initiate new members, each new person must repeat the club pledge.

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