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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    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
26
2013

language

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

laeng gwij

noun
definition 1:  the organized system of written symbols and vocal sounds with which humans communicate thoughts, ideas, or emotions.
example:  It surprises adults that children can learn language so quickly.

definition 2:  a particular such system whereby people of the same nationality, region, or culture communicate with one another.
example:  Much of the academic vocabulary of the English language derives from Latin.

definition 3:  a style of writing or speaking, especially with respect to the particular type of words chosen.
example:  The young poet’s language is vivid and powerful.
example:  The boy’s mother scolded him for using profane language.


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

ADJECTIVE + language:     formal ~ ,  informal ~ , official ~, legalistic ~ , everyday ~ , plain ~ , simple ~ , comprehensible ~ , subtle ~ ,  colloquial ~ , idiomatic ~ , vivid ~ , colorful ~ , expressive ~ , eloquent ~ , powerful ~ , poetic ~ , lyrical ~ , passionate ~ , emotive ~ ,  poignant ~ , stilted ~ ,  affected ~ , forceful ~ , persuasive ~ , compelling ~ , convincing ~ , effective ~ , vulgar ~ ,  profane ~ , foul ~ , filthy ~