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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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  • 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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May
07
2014

vulnerable

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

vuhl n@ r@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  capable of being hurt or injured.
example:  These plants are delicate and highly vulnerable to frost.
example:  Abuse from his father as a child had left him feeling vulnerable as an adult.

definition 2:  open to attack or danger.
example:  Out in the open and without camouflage, the troops were highly vulnerable.
example:  The towns on the coast are vulnerable to hurricanes.

definition 3:  open to criticism or censure.
example:  The discovery of the mayor’s earlier drug use left him vulnerable to the press.

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