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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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Aug
12
2014

rigor

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rI gər

noun

definition 1: strictness, severity, inflexibility, or harshness, as of manner, judgment, or law.
The law was enforced with great rigor.

definition 2: severity or harshness of living conditions, climate, or other circumstances.
These tires are meant to handle the rigors of winter weather.

definition 3: a particular severe, harsh, or cruel act or circumstance.
He could not forget the rigors that he had endured in the hands of his captors.

definition 4: strict or scrupulous accuracy; precision; exactness.
The research was carried out with scientific rigor.

definition 5: a condition of rigidity in muscle tissues, such that they cannot respond to stimuli.
The injection caused rigor.