snollygoster
[ snol-ee-gos-ter ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; German (originally with allusion to a fast-moving monster or ghost): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from German schnelle Geister, literally ‘quick spirits’
Synonyms
  • unprincipled person
Antonyms
  • principled person
Definition
a shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician
Example
They voted to remove the snollygoster from the position of power.
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