Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • 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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Oct
30
2013

vitiate

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

vI shi eIt

transitive verb

1. to make (a legal document or the like) ineffective or invalid.
Example: This new evidence vitiates your testimony.

2. to harm the quality of; mar; spoil.
Example: The recent bombing vitiated the climate of reconciliation.