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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
10
2014

motive

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

mo tihv

noun
definition 1:  an idea, need, desire, or impulse that causes a person to act in a particular way or to do a particular thing; reason.
example:  No one could understand the woman’s motives for making such a drastic change to her will.
example:  The neighbor was the prime suspect in the murder, and yet the police could not ascertain any motive for the crime.

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