Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept.

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What do you call a murderer who burns their victims alive?

I promise this isn't as weird as it sounds. I've tried a bit of Googling but I can't find anything that works well. I'm looking for a single word for a pyromaniac that burns people alive. The ...
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Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun?

Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun, as in the following sentence: "The older told him to stop." Or do I have to use "one", as in: "The older one told him to stop." Thanks in advance!
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What are other words for a collection of beautiful things?

I am looking for a word or term for a collection of beautiful things. Of either intrinsic value or even along the lines of 'a whole that is made of a sum of valuable parts'. Not necessarily in any ...
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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What is an unmown lawn called?

To me "a lawn" conjures up an image of something well-kept, mowed green grass and flowers. So I've been thinking if a person doesn't care for the space in front of his house and lets it run wild, with ...
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One word synonymous to display of power

I need one single word that is synonymous to "bold display of power/might/hold/domination in some place" .It would be much appreciated if someone can provide me a noun otherwise a verb will also do it....
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What do you call someone who ‘makes a dictation’ or ‘dictates’?

I only found 'dictator', but even as a non-native-speaker I guess that is overly associated with 'tyrant' or 'despot'. In my case I need someone who speaks into a microphone for text recognition.
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Why do we say “plant a kiss”?

The term plant means a living organism; a thing with roots, shoots and leaves that needs water and sun in order to grow. So why do we say "to plant a kiss"? She planted a kiss...
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Using “the” before name equations/theory like “The Maxwell's Equation”, “The Archimedes Principle” etc

Is it correct to use "the" before name equations like "The Maxwell's Equation", "The Archimedes Principle", "The Kolmogorov Equation" etc. Even though "the" refers to the equation/principle, it ...
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English word for so consumed in thought you fail to hear [closed]

For example, someone is going to the mall, and he's so set on getting to the mall that when you call him he does not hear you.
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What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?

We have easy go-to terms for the X and Y axis, as row and column, respectively. However, I have never heard a similar term applying in the Z axis. Does such exist? Cell is not appropriate, as as cell ...
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Is it acceptable to modify “bonus” with “positive”

Before I jump to my question, a short note about cloze tests from Wikipedia A cloze test (also cloze deletion test) is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain ...
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What do I call the mother of my son-in-law? [duplicate]

Do I call the mother of my son-in-law my sister-in-law?
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the role of two nouns together

When two nouns come together like taxi driver, the role of the first noun is noun adjunct. Now the question is what is the second noun's role. I mean the role of driver in taxi driver. Thanks
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Is there a specific term for the short descriptions of a movie or TV episode present in TV guides?

In TV guides, there are often short descriptions of movies or episodes of a TV series, like the one pictured here: Is there a specific term for this kind of text?
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Is there a special name for nouns that aren't preceded by an article?

This might only apply to a few nouns, but I was wondering if there is a special name for nouns that colloquially aren't preceded by an article. For example we say "eating dinner" instead of "eating a ...
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Nouns to adjectives: “-ous” vs. “-ful”

When turning nouns to adjectives, what is the rule for using the suffixes -ous or -ful? Why do pain/harm became painful/harmful and not painous or harmous? Why do glory/nerve become glorious/nervous ...
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Was the holocaust a massacre or a genocide [closed]

What is the difference between massacre and murder? Like specifically.
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A person who reads is a “reader”. What is a person who peeks called? [closed]

Is there a name for a person who peeks? I have tried looking up merriam-webster for the term "peeker" (as I expected this is a real word), to no avail.
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Between abstract and concrete

Does such a word that teeters, or overlaps, between abstract and concrete exist? For instance, consider violence. It's a term that varies in meaning or definition from person to person until the ...
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Word for someone who makes careful word choices [closed]

I am sure there is a word—I've seen it somewhere before and it's not one of those obscene words on tumblr. It means someone who chooses their words thoughtfully. It's not an adjective but a noun to ...
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Why no determiner before either 'lunatic' or 'knight' in “He's more lunatic than he is knight”

In the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote, ably translated by Burton Raffel, there is a passage in which Sancho Panza is talking about the titular character and he says ...while I am thinking ...
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Are nouns used in “Types of <noun>(s)” singular or plural?

Take for example the word "liquid", which can be both uncountable and countable. Should it be - Types of liquid (There are many different types of liquid.) or Types of liquids? (There are many ...
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What is the plural and singular form of people you follow on social media?

I'm developing a social network which has a feature similar to twitter's follow/following setup. At the moment I have the following (hehe) terminology on the site: follower - someone who follows you ...
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Is there a specific term for the cognate verb(s) of a noun?

Or vice versa. Or perhaps a name for the pair itself? For example: hold an opinion make a complaint offer an apology Also, where might I find a list of such pairs? EDIT: I chose my title ...
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Knowledge Triumphant or Triumphant Knowledge?

Franz Rosenthal has a philological monograph on the historical meaning and usages of the term 'ilm in Islam. It's called Knowledge Triumphant (1970). Now I don't understand if this is the the correct ...
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What's the difference between “dawn” and “dawning”?

I googled and I found nothing useful. I know what dawn means but I can't figure out if dawning is the same thing or has a different meaning.
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A person who begs for help but doesn't return the favor [duplicate]

I play a game and need a word for the following situation. What do you call a person who asks, and begs multiple times daily and impatiently for items (gear, weapons, weapon upgrades, runs through ...
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Just a simple sentence [closed]

This is the sentence I have written: How often do you think that there is an important detail to which you have not woken up yet? Here, I am not sure about "important detail". I think it does ...
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What is the difference between “failing” and “failure”?

The teacher asks a student, "How are you feeling about tomorrow?" The teacher has been preparing the student for tomorrow's exam for the whole year. The student replies, "I'm scared of failing." The ...
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Is there a word for a vocabulary associated with a particular work of fiction?

In his Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien coins the word "glitter" to be a collective noun for elves. In his books about Wonderland, Louis Carol invents an absolute mountain of words, words like "...
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How is the distinction made between adverbs and nouns in adverbs which are representative of the thing of whose adverbial quality they also represent?

Adverbs of place, among other adverbs of the nature mentioned in the question, confuse me. Saying that "wherever" is an adverb when "wherever" functions both as the representation of the place and ...
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“th” in mother, father, brother— but not sister

I was wondering why there is a "th" in mother, father, and brother, but not in sister? Is the etymology of the word different?
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Word for a woman who can be mistaken as a transexual.

Is there a noun or adjective for this? Whether slang or a formal word.
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Has or have confusion when we don't use does

I got a list of votes from many people on Google. The topic is: Anyone have any ideas? OR Anyone has any ideas? I believe that it is 'Anyone have any any ideas' for we don't use does. But ...
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Can numbers be treated as nouns?

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice , a novel that in 2005 was adapted into a film starring Keira Knightley. I was solving a question in which you have to find all the nouns in a sentence, and in ...
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Word can be single or plural and is also possessive at the same time

I am trying to construct a sentence for a printed document that requires an odd usage of a noun that can be singular or plural but is also possessive. Here is an example of a sentence that contains a ...
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Dog person and cat person [closed]

Does "dog person" just mean "someone who likes dog as a pet"? Or does it have any other connotation?
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Word for “being aware that you are unaware”

We are trying to find a word to describe the concept of "being aware that you are unaware," or possibly "knowing that there is more to know." The closest I could come up with was enlightened naivety, ...
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Why is “text” in “textbook”?

Why is textbook not just book? While I suppose it could contrast with a picture book, a book for academic purposes containing nothing but pictures would still be called a textbook. It doesn't appear ...
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noun-pronoun agreement

Like the planets, the stars are in motion, some of them at tremendous speeds, but they... Just based on the above, how can we tell which noun the pronoun they refers to: planets or stars? Is there ...
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Word for change of information during transmission

A: John's eyes are black. B: John's pupils are black. C: John's students are black. When information gets passed from one person to another, its meaning may be altered. Is there a word for ...
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Size-advantageousness of policy?

Suppose some government policy tends to help large communities rather than small ones. I want to describe this as a noun. Will "size-advantageousness of policy" be a good choice to describe that? ...
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How to refer to someone who has depression(A noun for someone who has depression)?

What do we call a person who is suffering from depression? Usually I hear "X has depression" but can I say *"X is a 'depressive'"? I have heard the word depressive used as a noun before; but I'm ...
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relation between nouns [closed]

Many studies have noted social functionality and contribution of helping behaviors, volunteering and altruism towards individuals, groups or institutes. My question is how can I know "helping ...
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''due to'' or ''because of'' [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon this sentence: ''Aside from a flexible vagina which is due to the pelvic muscles' elasticity [...]'' And I wonder, shouldn't there be ''because of''? Because it modifies the ...
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What do you call an online newspaper?

Is there a better word for a news website besides "aggregator" (which implies the source only curates information) or "blog" (which implies the source only does opinion/commentary/no real reporting ...
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What is the opposite of a retronym?

A retronym is the name given to an obsolete or older object to differentiate it from its newer replacement. Examples include "straight razor" (once just called "razor" until the modern razor), "analog ...
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What do you call the Pringles container that looks like a ‘bottle’?

I don't need to eat that Pringles. I need the name of the bottle that contains them, i.e. which is long, doesn't need to be round, empty inside and light-weight. What do you call such a thing in ...
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What is a word for making fun of someone that's learning or new at something?

With as many word suggestions as possible, what words can you use to describe a person who makes fun of someone for being new to something or learning? Like for example, being shamed for asking ...