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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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May
28
2014

poverty

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pa v@r ti

noun
definition 1:  the condition of being poor or lacking the necessary means of support; indigence or want.
example:  Despite their work in the linen mill, the family lived in poverty.

definition 2:  scarcity or insufficiency; dearth.
example:  As there is a poverty of facts about the issue, the case cannot be argued either way.

definition 3:  lack of productiveness or fertility.
example:  The poverty of the land made it difficult to eke out a living from farming.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun poverty

VERB + poverty:    experience ~ , overcome ~ , escape ~ , fight ~ , combat ~ , reduce ~ , eliminate ~ , relieve ~ , eradicate ~ , alleviate ~ , tackle ~ , abolish ~ , end ~ , perpetuate ~ , cause ~ , bring about ~ , fuel ~ , exacerbate ~