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  • 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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Jun
25
2013

peremptory

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

peremptory

remp tə ri

adjective

1. not permitting refusal or disobedience.
example: A peremptory order from the captain put a stop to our idling.

2. expressive of a command; imperative.
example: a peremptory tone of voice.

3. having an arrogant or imperious quality; dictatorial.
example: He speaks in an offensive, peremptory way.

4. in law, not allowing for debate or argument.
example: a peremptory challenge.