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Word for a contemptuous person?

Is there a good word for someone who shows contempt for others? Especially when it's a pattern, and anyone who threatens that person's self esteem is held in contempt? The first thought that comes to ...
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If “votable” is capable of being voted upon, what is capable of being used to vote?

If a legal matter is votable, it is capable of being voted upon. What, then, is a voucher, or a stock certificate, that is capable of being used to vote? Is that thing still votable?
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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What do we call someone who eats earthworms?

Odd question, but I wonder if there is a word for someone who eats earthworms. I tried hard to find if there is such a word, and I found none. Thank you.
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How do I improve the diction? [closed]

The sentence is as follows: "Knowing these truths and yet not knowing how to make my voice heard was torturous." What I am trying to convey is that I knew about certain things (i.e truths) but ...
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Made me abreast?

Background: I had spoken to Person A on the phone, and he caught me up with the happenings of Person B. Is it correct to tell Person B that "he [Person A] made me abreast of what was going on with ...
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What is something called that has a deadline?

As the title says, just one word that describes something with the attribute of having a deadline. For example "Please don’t feel rushed to RSVP as I have no ******". Is there a word that works in ...
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Is there a word for people who have shared the same locality?

A "contemporary" is someone who has lived at the same time (more-or-less, anyway) as another person. e.g., Bret Harte (1836-1902) can be said to have been a contemporary of Mark Twain (1835-1910). ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [closed]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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How do I refer to a distinct number, as opposed to a percentage?

I want to say that we should use a percentage as opposed to a "hard number" (or a distinct value). Like instead of designating a budget of $990,000 for a particular department, we should designate a ...
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Describing an advantage gained via a common background

I recently used the word 'nepotism' to describe an advantage attained due to sharing a common background. The person I said this to thought that that was too liberal an extension of the word. I agree, ...
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Author's Diction

I thought that these sentences would be considered informal, but my friend argued that they are semi‑formal. Can anybody help us decide? I live in western South Dakota [. . . .] For several ...
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Direction-most or Farthest / Furthest for cardinal points on a map?

I am creating an app which will allow the user to designate the bounds of the map. I will let them set the points most north, south, east, and west (latitude and longitude). I am wondering about the ...
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Notice vs. pay attention

I want to ask you, the English native speakers, regarding to a post in my blog which was commented by a visitor: Before applying for a job, please notice the following requirements: write down ...
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Is “analeptical” correct? Form of “analepses”

My teacher was editing my essay and change analepses (plural of analepsis) to analeptical. I'm trying to use the definition of a flashback. Here is the context: Original sentence: Analepses in ...
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Writing a research paper, and can't figure out the best way to say sentence [closed]

Can I say Receiving an insufficient amount of sleep is an obstacle that may alter the performance of an individual.
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Is there a difference between the words “zig”, “zag”, and “zigzag”?

In the book "The Green Mile" by Stephen King, a mouse is described to zig and then zag. What's the difference between the words "zigzag", "zig" and "zag"? The mouse barley avoid Percy's last two ...
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What word or phrase describes the quality of an assertion to be inbetween a fact and an opinion?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes a statement that is neither a scientific fact nor an opinion. Google defines opinion as "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily ...
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What is the top of a pearl pendant called?

For example the top of the pendant in the link below: top of a pearl pendant
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Earliness: the quality of being early

Which words help convey the concept of being early? Prompt is not exactly what I want, as it means "on time" in the context I am considering. If spring (the season) was a spirit and arrived two ...
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Is “conservativism” a word?

I know that "conservatism" is the more commonly used term, but is "conservativism" a less preferred, but legitimate word, or just a misspelling? www.dictionary.com has "conservativism", but I'm not ...