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Word for “suddenly stand up”?

For walking/running you have sprint, for talking/whispering you have blurt. How about standing up? Example: He [...] and rushed out the living room. His suddenness startled me.
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Is there a sesquipedalian word meaning “first and maybe last”?

As in "Welcome to the First And Maybe Last Vernal Equinox Quest". We are having an over-the-top egg hunt-like event at the office, which we may never want to do again. ;)
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Adjective meaning “not speaking much”?

Example: This was my first time seeing him like this: [...], almost speechless. The first word that came to my mind was quiet. But I think its meaning is closer to not speaking at all than ...
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Word/phrase like Schadenfreude, but a feeling of comfort or satisfaction?

I am looking for a word or excellent, catchy description for a situation in which a person (A) feels a sense of satisfaction at another (B) having to obey the same rules as them, and the suffering ...
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Is there a word or term to describe mispronouncing a word due to someone else's accent?

In college, I had a Japanese linear algebra teacher who was not a native English speaker. The subject matter was new and difficult, so with new terminology to learn, it was sometimes to difficult for ...
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One word for “to give a sense of”

I'm trying to say that showing my students a picture of the temple gave them a sense of the setting in which a story took place, and allowed them to better understand the story. Any ideas for "to get ...
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What is a plural noun to refer to a collective of people who have committed suicide?

I understand there is the plural "suicides," as in "there were 43 suicides", but that doesn't feel quite right for my use-case. Specifically, I'm having problems with the sentence "Many suicides had ...
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The meanings of proverbs and adages

What is the meaning of a adage and a proverb.It is really confusing.I am just wondering the meanings of both of them.
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Word for being the only one to volunteer

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or action where out of a group of people, there is a single volunteer to undergo a task or similar.
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Word for somebody who participates in a riot? [on hold]

I could not find an official definition of rioter anywhere, so I am unsure if that is the correct word. I'm looking specifically at a word for someone who is actively participate in a riot, so not ...
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Word for telling about events of a movie/book etc

When someone reveals details about surprising events which will happen in a movie or book to someone who doesn't know about them, we nowadays say that's a 'spoiler.' I'm looking for a verb for that, ...
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Word for a short promotional video

I know that usually a short video with audio is called "clip", but at least for me, it's associated with a music video, MTV, etc, and doesn't sound professional enough. So is there a single word for ...
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A novel/book equivalent of the term off-screen

Off-screen can be used to describe events in a movie or tv show. For example, "Harry's father dies off-screen" What term or phrase can I use if I'm talking about events in a book? "Harry's ...
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Name for balls of dirt made by rubbing hands

When your hands are dirty, you can rub them together vigorously, and small pills of dirt and oil will form that fall away. I have an inkling that there is a name for these things, or this action, but ...
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A linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive context

Is there a linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive way in this sentence, I have thought of ( Fortunately) but am looking for something more formal This fact raises questions as to how ...
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation than “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile. I wanted to describe it as being very 'infectious', or that it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could ...
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Father and mother are to parents what brother and sister are to which gender neutral noun? [on hold]

Looking for a word that denotes both brothers and sisters without gender connotations (gender neutral), in a similar fashion as parents for father and mother.
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“Each of us will tell you our own side ___ the story”? [on hold]

The context is that 4 people are talking. One person says the line to another. One person does not know "the story" so the other three will take turns to tell their own sides. What word(s) goes ...
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Ultimate > Penultimate : Paramount >? [duplicate]

Is there a word or even a list of words that come after Paramount to describe second, third and forth place etc. ? e.g. Ultimate, Penultimate, Antepenultimate, Preantepenultimate, ...
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Single word for feelings of helplessness/hopelessness?

I wish I had a bigger dictionary in my brain. I'm looking for a word describing a feeling you get when you're stuck in a place you cannot escape. It would best describe how reality makes you feel ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Term for someone very good at dodging being blamed?

How do you call someone who is very good at dodging responsibility for his mistakes?
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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Word that describes terms that exclude or divide people

A few examples: A creationist and an evolutionist want to save an endangered bee species. The creationist remarks about how bees were 'created' to pollinate plants. The evolutionist no longer wants ...
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In the direction opposite to me

Is there a simple expression to mean "in the opposite direction to me"? For example, how can I describe a person that comes in the direction opposite to me? I would like an expression that doesn't ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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A person who talks with care

What do you call a guy who talks so elegantly, when he talks he knows what he is saying; he takes care of each word out of his mouth, his words shows his high personality etc ... and what would be the ...
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Single word for generic human “body parts”

Is there a single word that can be used to indicate generic human (or animal) body parts? Just using the word "parts" without context sounds mechanical and inorganic. Ideally, the word would ...
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Is there a word in English that essentially means “I” or “we” in formal context?

In Swedish there is a word, "undertecknad", which would refer the author of a piece of text. It is an expression used in formal context when you try to objectify yourself (and avoid saying "I") out of ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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Word that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone etc

What's a word (or phrase) that includes laptops, tablets and cellphones (or similar portable electronic devices that resemble a computer)? I would prefer it to be a short (and intuitive) term. For ...
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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...
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Alternatives to “says quickly”? [on hold]

What are some alternatives to "says quickly"?
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Term describing where someone is from or what nationality they are?

Is there a term for the word that describes where a person is from or what nationality they are? For example, someone from America is an American, and someone from Finland is a Finn. Is there are ...
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Someone or something small yet capable of having big influence? [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase that means a person or thing which is quite small yet capable of having big influence and impact on society?
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You compare words in lexicographic order. How do you compare numbers, and other non-words?

We compare words or strings of characters using lexicographic order. Is there a name for the way we compare numbers, digit by digit? (essentially the same way, except that the length of the number ...
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What is the term for someone who doesn't want to know? [duplicate]

I am looking for a term for someone who is purposefully not learning information - usually bad information. Goes hand in hand with people who want to "hide their head in the sand" or have the "wool ...
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How to describe heavy rain falling on a lake and making ephemeral “pockmarks”

I am looking for a word which describes the pockmarks that heavy rainfall makes when it is falling on a lake. Rain at Lake Constance by Rona-Keller / deviantart.com
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Is there a word or phrase for walking into a room to get something but then forgetting what you went in there to get?

I'm fairly certain this has happened to all of us at some point: You go into a room to get something, but once you're there, you can't remember what you intended to get. It seems like a specific, ...
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Is there a single word that refers to a vagina secreting lubricant in response to sexual arousal?

I'm seeking a single word. An analogue is "salivate" which is what someone sometimes does when they experience hunger and refers to the mouth secreting liquid. "Elsa was hungry and began salivating" ...
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What to call Primary School + High School, but not College

I was creating a web form for a client who requested the highest-grade completed for primary and high school and then college. The original paper form had the following Circle highest grade ...
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How can I say something is “grippable”?

Is there a single word to describe something as "possible to be held". Neither "holdable" or "grippable" are words, and I really need it to be one word, for simplicity. Example: The product is ...
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SWR “post-closing” 'aftermath" comments after an argument

Consider the final (often rather desultory) addendum or comments made (by one side or the other) after an issue is decided, after an argument is complete. So, it could be a statement of success ...
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What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?

A classic example: In the opening scene of Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke and Mowbray seeks the adjudication of the king. They hurl accusations of treachery and cowardliness at each other. They ...
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Single word for an idiom giving advice

I'm trying to find a word referring to an idiom that gives advice (e.g. "Fake it till you make it"). "Nugget of wisdom" is kind of what I'm looking for, but I want a single word, not another idiom. ...
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Is there a term for “purposely deceptive behavior”?

Is there a word for representing one's self as weak or unintelligent in order to lull an opponent into a false sense of security and thus gain advantage? I have been using "disingenuous" but that's ...
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Is there as more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign?

Is there a there more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign? The campaign relates to women's safety issues and sexual harassment. We ...
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Word for using commas in long numbers?

What's a word that means to use commas inside long numbers? 10000 vs 10,000 There's words like this in other languages разряд in Russian.
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What's the word for the facial expression over an unexpected disappointment?

If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely ...
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Quality form of coterminous? [closed]

I'm looking for the "quality" form of "coterminous". I'd think "coterminality", but I'm not sure.