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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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Nov
14
2013

tendency

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ten d@n si

noun
definition 1:  an inclination or natural disposition to move in a certain direction.
example:  The left-leaning tendency of that nation’s government has often been commented on in the foreign press.
example:  I’ve always had a tendency toward plumpness.
example:  The tendency toward chaos at the end of the school term seems inevitable.

definition 2:  the characteristic of being likely to feel or behave in a certain way.
example:  I have a tendency to be shy at parties.
example:  He’d had a tendency to tell lies even as a young child.
example:  This clock has a tendency to run fast.
example:  Babies have a tendency to cry when they’re hungry or tired.

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