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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
04
2013

propitiate

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prə pI shi eIt

transitive verb

to overcome the disfavor or distrust of; conciliate; appease.
example: They hoped to propitiate the goddess by sacrificing a lamb at her altar.
example: “I haven’t come on business, my lady.” He used this term of respect partly from a frightened desire to propitiate a great personage and partly because he couldn’t think of any other.

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