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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
06
2014

prevail

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

prih veIl

definition 1:  to emerge as dominant (often followed by “over”).
example:  Fortunately, common sense seems to have prevailed over irrationality.
example:  Optimism prevailed throughout the decade of the fifties.

definition 2:  to prove oneself superior to; triumph (usually followed by “over” or “against”).
example:  Their faith in the future helped them prevail over hardship.

definition 2:  to exist, or continue to exist, widely or generally.
example:  The bombing had ended and silence now prevailed in the city.
example:  The assumption still prevails that men are less able than women to nurture children.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb prevail 

definition 1
NOUN
+ prevail:      calm ~ , common sense ~ , justice ~ , optimism ~ , sense ~ , sanity ~ , anarchy ~ , extremism ~ , harmony ~ , darkness ~ , tranquility ~

definition 3
NOUN + prevail:    atmosphere ~ (e.g., An atmosphere of distrust prevails), condition ~ , custom ~ , trend ~ , fashion ~, attitude ~ , assumption ~ , mentality ~ , superstition ~ , myth ~ , stereotype ~ , prejudice ~ , notion ~ , sentiment ~ , silence ~ , excitement ~