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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
15
2014

orient

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

or i @nt [or] or i ent

transitive verb
definition 1:  to find the position of with respect to the points of the compass.
example:  The lost hikers oriented themselves by locating the North Star.

definition 2:  to acquaint or familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances.
example:  This program will orient the new students to college life.

definition 3:  to place or arrange in a specified relationship to the points of the compass.
example:  The architect oriented the house so that it would get morning light in the kitchen.

definition 4:  to adjust (something) toward or in relation to someone or something.
example:  We should orient this ad toward working mothers.

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