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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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Aug
15
2013

manipulate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

m@ nIp y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to handle or operate skillfully with the hands.
example:  He manipulated the clay to form a tiny sculpture.
example:  Do you know how to manipulate the controls?

definition 2:  to manage, influence, or use skillfully to achieve a desired end.
example:  The parents manipulated their son into marrying this woman so that they could establish ties with her wealthy family.

definition 3:  to tamper with or adjust to one’s own advantage, esp. by devious means.
example:  He manipulated the figures in his report to make it appear more impressive.

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