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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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Feb
18
2014

perceive

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

p@r siv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to become aware of by means of the senses.
example:  The students are learning how the brain perceives sound.
example:  The dog perceived a change in its owner and became alarmed.
example:  If we smell something continually over a length of time, eventually we no longer perceive it.

definition 2:  to mentally notice or distinguish, or to grasp and comprehend what something is.
example:  I can’t perceive the difference between these concepts.
example:  He hoped that his enemy could not perceive his weakness.
example:  She did not perceive her daughter’s feelings of jealousy.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb perceive (definition 2)

perceive + NOUN:    ~ danger, ~ threat, ~ risk, ~ need,  ~ lack, ~ benefit, ~ advantage, ~ disadvantage, ~ weakness,  ~ unfairness, ~ barrier, ~ injustice, ~ bias, ~ reality, ~ wisdom