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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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Feb
26
2014

mechanism

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

me k@ nih z@m

noun
definition 1:  the structure, parts, or whole assemblage of a machine or mechanical system or device.
example:  He carefully opened the old watch so that he could study the mechanism.
example:  The flintlock was a mechanism that solved many of the problems of firing a gun.

definition 2:  the operative or motive part, process, or factor that effects a result.
example:  Enzyme action is the mechanism by which food is digested.

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