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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
23
2013

specific

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

sp@ sI fihk

adjective
definition 1:  pertaining explicitly to a particular thing or person; particular; definite.
example:  It was just an example; I wasn’t referring to any specific instance.
example:  The word “test” has a specific meaning in the area of statistics.
example:  I asked you to come here for a specific reason.
example:  Did you have a specific person in mind when you bought this gift?

definition 2:  exact and precise; particular.
example:  The specific dates of the workshop will be announced next week.
example:  Her instructions were quite specific, so don’t make any substitutions.

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