Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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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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Dec
25
2013

justify

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

juh st@ faI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to demonstrate (something) to be true or valid.
example:  You’ll need solid evidence to justify your claim.

definition 2:  to give reasonable grounds for or attest to the rightness of; warrant.
example:  He justified his decision to stay, saying it was best for his wife and children.
example:  He justified eating a big dinner by reminding himself that he hadn’t had lunch.
example:  She tried to justify her betrayal of her friend, but in the end she could not rid herself of guilt.

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