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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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Mar
21
2014

undermine

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

uhn d@r maIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to weaken the foundations of.
example:  The dike is being undermined by water.

definition 2:  to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example:  Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example:  The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb undermine (definition 2)

undermine + NOUN:    ~ authority, ~ efforts, ~ confidence, ~ credibility, ~ morale, ~ support, ~ security, ~ stability, ~ legitimacy, ~ regime,  ~ policies, ~ attempts, ~ values, ~ goals, ~ independence, ~ peace, ~ trust, ~ belief, ~ principals, ~ viability, ~ ability, ~ democracy, ~ government, ~ autonomy, ~ alliance, ~ sovereignty