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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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Jun
21
2013

lack

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

laek

noun
definition:  the state or condition of being without something that is needed or desired; absence; deficiency.
example:  Lack of clean water is one of the worst problems that humans face.
example:  They suffer from a lack of food and medicine.
example:  They showed a lack of enthusiasm for his suggestion.

transitive verb
definition:  to be wanting in; be without.
example:  Thousands of people lacked homes after the earthquake.
example:  These children’s diets lack calcium.
example:  The girls lacked a mother, but their father cared for them well.
example:  He lacks the energy to see the project through.

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