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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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Apr
01
2014

temperate

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tem pə riht [or] tem priht

adjective

definition 1: characterized by moderation or self-control; restrained.
We hoped her roommate’s temperate lifestyle would be a positive influence on her.
definition 2: moderate in amount or quality; not excessive.
He may not give your book a good review, but his criticism will be fair and temperate.
definition 3: characterized by moderate temperatures and relatively mild weather.
Buried vegetable matter, which would have become peat, and finally brown coal, in a temperate climate, becomes, under the hot tropic soil, asphalt and oil, continually oozing up beneath the pressure of the strata above it. (Charles Kingsley, At Last)
definition 4: not overindulging in alcoholic drink.
Leading a temperate life became the law during Prohibition.