Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    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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Sep
20
2013

nemesis

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ne mə sihs

noun

1. that which one cannot beat, conquer, or succeed at; cause or agent of one’s often repeated downfall.
example: Gambling was his nemesis; because of it, he’d lost his family, his job, and his friends.

2. retribution or punishment, or its source or agent.

3. (capitalized) in Greek mythology, the goddess of divine retribution or vengeance.