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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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Oct
15
2013

unique

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

yu nik

adjective
definition 1:  being the only one of its type; sole; single.
example:  Everyone’s fingerprints are unique.
example: The figurines are handmade, and each one is unique.

definition 2:  having no equal or equivalent; incomparable.
example:  Their product has a unique flavor that no one has been able to replicate.
example:  The Earth appears to be unique in our solar system in that it supports plant and animal life.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective unique

unique + NOUN:    ~ opportunity (e.g., a unique opportunity to see a renowned artist at work), ~ experience, ~ feature, ~ style, ~ design, ~ collection,  ~ position (e.g, He was now in a unique position to accomplish his goals), ~ blend, ~ combination, ~ collaboration, ~  contribution, ~ characteristic, ~ atmosphere, ~ character, ~ flavor, ~ gift, ~ talent, ~ ability, ~ charm, ~ insight

ADVERB + unique:     utterly ~ , absolutely ~, totally ~, quite ~ , truly ~ , rather ~ , hardly ~ (e.g., She does play well, but talent such as hers is hardly unique here at the Conservatory) , entirely ~ , wholly ~, distinctly ~ , wonderfully ~ , refreshingly ~ , delightfully ~ , genuinely ~ , architecturally ~ , globally ~ , biologically ~ , genetically ~ , historically ~, geologically ~