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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Noun/verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it?

Is there good noun verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it? For example, we know that company X is amazing because of the endorsement it has received from ...
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Is there a word or term for one who is obsessed with names?

This is for a piece I am currently writing. Since I could not find anything from a Google search, I figured it would be wise to enlist the knowledge of the smart cohort of Stack Exchange. My question ...
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Opposite of a requiem [on hold]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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A term for products whose “secret” features are well-known (but not publicized)

What do you call those household items whose selling features are purportedly practical, functional and ‘innocent’ but instead are often bought for completely different, and sometimes ‘naughty’ ...
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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Alternatives to “The following (standards) shall be followed:”

Can anyone suggest a good alternative to "The following (standards) shall be followed:"? I'm trying to avoid using "following" twice in a sentence.
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A phrase to describe the idea of 'high literature'?

We have terms like 'high culture' and 'high art'. They are used to describe things deemed of a higher quality, or held in higher esteem, than products of popular culture. We also have terms like 'art ...
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The summer equivalent of “winterize”?

I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous ...
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What is a word or phrase for how you feel when you discover something that you don't think you can have [on hold]

The title is relatively self-explanatory. For example, I have been introduced to something that I want but only a few people will get one (e.g. winning the lottery, finding a four leaf clover, or ...
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A positive way of saying “Grammar Nazi” [duplicate]

Grammar Nazi is usually how they describe someone who corrects other people's grammar (or spelling, or other errors). Is there any expression that shows such a person in a positive light? I ask ...
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A phrase to describe that you catch up with sb

For example, one of my friends is walking far ahead and I can judge that he really needs my help. so I ran to catch up with him . So I'm looking for a word or phrase that can describe my above moves. ...
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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Synonym request for Alpha Female

Oxford defines alpha male as: A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations It doesn't define alpha female at all. Since alpha female isn't a ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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Word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that means the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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What's the English for the Russian saying “Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat”?

In Russian, there is a phrase Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat (Любовь зла, полюбишь и козла). Goat means a bad person (stupid, abusive). It is used, when an ...
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Is there a similiar saying for czech “dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám” in english?

Dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám The quote translated means something like Everyone will drag you down, but you have to find your way up on your own. Is there something like that ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Word/phrase for 'we're all people' - when we aren't

I'm writing a novel that has two sentient species: humans and dragons. Both are equally intelligent. The dragons do not think this way, but consider the humans to be beneath them. At one point during ...
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I need one word that describes something as both (1) necessary/essential and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking

I need one word that could roughly describe or imply something as both (1) necessary/essential/fundamental/foundational and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking/in need/primitive The word ...
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How do I say that I am certified in something in a personal statement?

In my personal statement, under the hobbies section, I am highlighting web development. I wrote something like this: Among my hobbies, I find web development to be the most interesting and I ...
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What should we call language that intentionally conveys the opposite of the literal meaning?

This seems to me to be a kind of rhetorical figure, but I cannot find a classical term for it in Silva Rhetoricae. Examples include the following from Tristram Shandy (Vol. 2 Chap. 24): I define a ...
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Rephrase “to the best of my knowledge”

In my master thesis I want to state that I did not find any related work except for one paper. In scientific papers the authors often use the phrase "To the best of our knowledge, ...". However since ...
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another phrase for 'far from business and politics'

Is there any idiomatic expression to convey the meaning such as 'far from a specific topic or an area of activities' in English? These survey conclusions summarize opinions of ordinary users that ...
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Is there a term that means temporary base camp?

It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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Looking for a word describing “habits which lost their original purpose”

I know there is a certain word which could describe rituals/habits which are being practiced despite the fact they lost their original purpose. I saw it in context of practicing some religious ...
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Antonym of Local Evidence

I want to say that: "Algorithm A makes decisions based on local evidence but ...". In ... I want to put a sentence that is antonym of local evidence. Something like global knowledge. Is "it should ...
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What term means “place where we can learn and share knowledge" [closed]

Is there a term which means "place where we can learn and share knowledge about almost anything"?
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Bail out or back off or opt out [closed]

Assume a person who had the intention to do something, but decides to cancel his or her plan at the very last moment. Would I rather say that he bailed out, backed off or opted out? What are the ...
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Word for enemy becoming an ally?

Does a word (or short phrase) exist to represent an enemy becoming an ally?
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Describing an unprecedented event with surprising result(s)

What's the best word for describing an unprecedented event that comes with surprising result(s), such as a new scientific achievement (e.g. journey to moon).
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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Is there a better term than “fighting spirit” here?

I want to say "he has no fighting spirit anymore" to describe the psychology that might be involved in scenarios when someone has behaviours like this: Hungry, but not to the point of overly weak, ...
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What are the different resources to announce a digression?

I'm writing a paper, and I want to add a digression to enrich the line of argumentation. I can't find good figures or resources to announce that I will introduce a digression. I came across eggresion ...
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Word/phrase for something that is irreplaceable due to its capabilities

The title is illustrative, but it can be added that there are no comparable alternatives for it, at least at the time. Moreover, it is predicted that finally some alternative will be presented, ...
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What's the best term for a cognitive state where you can't quite build the components up to achieve the solution?

Obviously we have various terms to communicate specific shared states of mind: Déjà vu - the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time... ...
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Alternative word of extensive/broader experience

I usually see "I have extensive experience" or "I have broader experience" in resume. I want to know an alternative way to express that "I have much experience and great knowledge in something"
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Is there a term for extracting a cultural element from its originating environment and placing it in a foreign and contrived context?

I have a nagging feeling there’s a word or term for this practice. The example that lead to this question has to do with a food truck. A bar/restaurant in my city has apparently had an actual truck ...
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What is the word for a love of ignorance, or a distaste of knowledge?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that encapsulates the desire to eschew new knowledge, whether it be due to a fear of change or possibly a fear of science or research as a whole. An example ...
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English equivalent of saying “Don’t get in between the nail and the flesh”?

The saying “Don’t get in between the nail and the flesh” from my own language is typically addressed to someone who likes to provide unsolicited help by barging in on a heated conversation between two ...