noun Informal.
a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.

1835–45, Americanism; probably < German Scheisser, equivalent to scheiss(en) to shit + -er -er1; final -ser conformed to -ster

shysterism, noun

ambulance chaser, mouthpiece, pettifogger, shyster. Unabridged
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shyster (ˈʃaɪstə)
informal chiefly (US) a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods
[C19: probably based on Scheuster, name of a disreputable 19th-century New York lawyer]

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Word Origin & History

"unscrupulous lawyer," 1843, U.S. slang, probably altered from Ger. Scheisser "incompetent worthless person," from Scheisse "shit," from O.H.G. skizzan "to defecate" (see shit).
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