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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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Oct
14
2013

instrument

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

In str@ m@nt

noun
definition 1:  a device or tool used for highly specialized work, especially within the areas of science or medicine.
example:  A stethoscope is one of a doctor’s most essential instruments.

definition 2:  a device for recording or measuring.
example:  The pilot suspected that his altitude indicator and some of his other instruments were not working properly.

definition 3:  any means for accomplishing or bringing about something.
example:  She joined the Peace Corps hoping to be an instrument of good works.
example:  His father used his belt as an instrument of punishment.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun instrument (definition 3)

instrument + of+ NOUN:    ~ oppression, ~ repression (e.g., news censorship and other instruments of repression), ~ destruction, ~ punishment, ~ coercion, ~ domination, ~ tyranny, ~ liberation, ~ diplomacy, ~ persuasion, ~ terror, ~ deception, ~ good works, ~ righteousness