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Personality trait in which the person's style is evident in all they do?

What is the term for the personality trait in which the person's style is evident in (bleeds into) all they do? There may be, for example, a particular style of handwriting, decoration, dress, ...
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Word to describe being grateful in an understated way?

I'm writing a letter asking for feedback from someone who is an expert on the topic. I would like to indicate that I am grateful for their input, and possibly how useful it is for me so as to praise ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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Word for the opposite of a target?

I have an event database that links two people - the person causing the event and the person the event targets. The latter column I call "target", but I can't think of a word to describe the person ...
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A Word Single For Blind Fighting Or Some Kind Of Handicap Training? [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word that can be used to describe blind fighting(as in martial art), or training thereof, or even modern impaired/handicap training in sports.
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Word for “the state of having eaten spicy food”

How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate? What word should I say? Edit : Removed the I am ____ed constriction. I'm looking for a general term but not necessarily ...
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How could i say,“ They are judging my sentence” without including english usage? [on hold]

Okay, so I am having trouble to find a word that someone is judging my sentence, but not based on English usage( such as grammar and punctuation) ;but on what it is saying. Do you get me? If not, ...
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What is the English for the Swedish word 'snippa'?

This report appeared in yesterday's Observer - page 22. Little boys have a word for theirs. Now Swedish girls do too.... It begins: I only ever speak English to our three-year-old daughter, and my ...
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Verb for making enemy [on hold]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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Word for multi opponent combat?

I'm googled it and cannot find an answer. I'm looking for a single word to describe multi opponent combat or multiple opponent training. Maybe even in the way of a skill. For example, a single person ...
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Word meaning “not preferred” - not antonym

I wish to distinguish between items that are preferred and items that are good, but not necessarily preferred. Is there a word to describe the latter?
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Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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Word for 'stage elements'

I'm looking for a word that describes everything you might find on a theatrical stage, including actors, props, and backdrops.
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What's a word for the ability to discern another's mental state?

I want to avoid some common implications of empathy: that it's mostly involuntary, and that it involves some re-experiencing of the other's feelings. I'm looking for a more general word (or, less ...
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Another word for lifehacks

I'm looking for a synonym (single-word of short phrase) for the word lifehack. I read Wikipedia article, and checked few online dictionaries. I could not find any synonym. The word is informal and it ...
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I _____ a work of fiction. (Fill in the blank.)

Where "work of fiction" means "fictional story" or "fictional narrative", not strictly "written work of fiction". Consider a work of fiction, x. I am looking for a single verb, y, such that: If x ...
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A word for evidence used to tell if someone has been in your room

I know there's an actual word for this. I used to know the word, but I've lost it. The word describes a category of methods that someone uses to detect if someone has been in a room, or opened a ...
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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Word or phrase for “mechanism/ability to pause machine in a certain condition”

Air conditioner (or any cooling machine) has mechanism/ability to pause cooling a room for a while. If this ability doesn't exist, the room will get very cold and could freeze anything in the room. ...
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The best word to describe intelligence,wisdom and vision [on hold]

The best word to describe an extremely wise,intelligent person who has vision.
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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Opposite of reluctance?

What would be a suitable antonym of "reluctance" or "hesitance" that does not have the connotation of "rash judgment/action" or any negative connotation? Instead, I am looking for an antonym that ...
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is there a word for the time span between an old king and a new king?

A king suddenly dies, and during the immediate aftermath, the realm is without an official leader (leaving the throne susceptible to usurpers) and the heir is still being notified or is traveling and ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?
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What is the word for someone actively engaging with an idea?

For example, not just admitting that the idea of race exists but actively pushing boundaries of what we commonly accept it as or searching for the implications in relation to the lives of themselves ...
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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Word for a room with washing machines in it?

I'm looking for the word for a room, part of an apartment house, that would be used to do laundry. In Germany there are sometimes these "tenants' laundromats" – and also in Scandinavia I have seen ...
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One word to refer to this list

We are attending a developer conference. The host has arranged various talks. They are scheduled in specific time slots. We are attending that event as a team. One of us has assigned who should ...
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What is the one word which means this?

A place where no one lives. It looks mysterious, completely ruined by some sort of event that might have happened in the past. The land is barren. There are some ruined structures. It looks like ...
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What do you call this sound in English?

When you raise or lower a window blind with a one quick movement, it produces a sound, what do you call that sound in English? I rolled up/raised/opened/ pulled up the window blind quickly with ...
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Words with meaning: someone who show/deal/focus in a particular area (not expert or enthusiast) [on hold]

I read a word this morning it starts with B or W or V. I don't remember it. When I looked about it in Google in the morning they were no other synonyms below so now I am unable to track it down. ...
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Unable to pronounce 'sh'

I know a number of speakers for whom English is a second language who are unable to pronounce sh. As a result, words such as passion become something along the lines of pass-en. I'd like to know what ...
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What to call an area or territory without government control?

Take Somalia for example, the central government has almost no control outside the capital and arguable within it as well (citation needed). Although the government is recognized internationally as ...
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Is there a word for a group of software programmers?

We call a group of musicians an orchestra. In the same way, what would we call a group of programmers?
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A word for having trouble distinguishing between friendship and romance

I need a word for a person is, or the act of being, incapable of distinguishing between romantic partners and friends. Or someone who feels the same about friends as they do about romantic partners. I ...
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4answers
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Word/phrase for a feature that could be both good and bad for something

Take this scenario: a tool has a specific feature that could be regarded as an invaluable benefit for. However, this feature, if used in opposite direction may be counterproductive. In other ...
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7answers
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What do you call a day that is different from the usual days?

I am looking for a noun or adjective that describes a day that is different from the other usual days, in terms of routine. My usual routine every day is to stay in the house, do the household ...
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What do you call a person who appears to be oblivious to their ignorance?

What is the appropriate name for a person who exhibits the behavior described below? A person who speaks in a Confidently informed manner (about a technical process or procedure for example) however ...
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One word for “within that period of time”?

I am writing for a scientific journal. I wish to express The findings are only valid if the data spans at least 5 days, and the sample has not corrupted within that period of time. I wish to ...
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Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?

Is there a word that means the opposite of ruthless? I don’t think ruthful is a real word.
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Term for “person who just keeps talking and won't go away”

I'm looking for a polite word for someone who traps you in a conversation. I'd like to avoid suggesting that the person is foolish, just that they continue a conversation in spite of all hints that ...
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A word that means education away from self reliance

What is a word that means: To deliberately educate the masses away from knowledge of self sustainability/self reliance. I heard this word some 10 years ago and can't remember what it was..
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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When someone ruins all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes they say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their kindness and help, because ...
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Term for a person with absolutely zero knowledge of a topic

I'm looking for a term to describe someone who literally has zero knowledge of a topic. Initially I thought of using something like green field but that doesn't really describe the person, it really ...
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What word describes changing behavior from consuming or using services to contributing or providing?

I"m attempting to efficiently describe a threshold of when someone has moved from being a consumer to a contributor. My context is a church setting. I'm responsible for drafting a description of the ...