Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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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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Dec
09
2013

principal

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

prIn s@ p@l

adjective
definition:  first in status, value, or importance; chief; main.
example:  The principal job of the police is to keep the peace.
example:  Drought was the principal cause of the food shortage.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the adjective principal

principal + NOUN:    ~ cause, ~ reason, ~ focus, ~ source, ~ aim, ~ objective,  ~ goal, ~ purpose, ~ motive,  ~ task, ~ component, ~ beneficiary, ~ sponsor, ~ dancer, ~ conductor