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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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Jul
12
2013

maintain

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

meIn teIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to keep in existence; continue without making changes.
example:  We maintained our high school friendship for many years.
example:  They maintained their agreement although neither side was happy with it.
example:  I couldn’t maintain my interest in the novel, so I stopped reading it.

definition 2: to declare; assert.
example:  I maintain that your conclusions are false.

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