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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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Nov
26
2013

procrustean

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

pro kruh sti ən
adjective
(often capitalized) pertaining to the forcing of someone or something into conformity with preconceptions.
It was pleasant to me to look on an ordinary face, and see it light up into a smile, and think with myself: “there is one heart that will judge of me by what I am, and not by a Procrustean dogma.”