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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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May
09
2014

irony

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aI @r ni [or] aI r@ ni

noun
definition 1:  a manner of using language so that it conveys a different or opposite meaning to that which is literally expressed in the words themselves.  Irony is often used as a literary technique, especially to produce humor or pathos.
example:  “You obviously do all the work around here,” she said with unmistakable irony.

definition 2:  contrast between expectation and outcome, or an event or situation that contains such contrast.
example:  It was an irony that the man who wrote the most celebrated book on healthy living should die at such a young age.

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