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Verb meaning “to partially hide”?

Example: We sipped our tea in silence for a while, the steam [...] our faces. I searched on Google and Thesaurus but couldn't find anything.
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direct negation of concur

I'm wondering what the direct opposite of "concur" is. For example, disagree is the direct negation of agree. Is there such a word? Thanks!
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Is there a word for the instant after you are slapped and are deciding how to react?

Or just any kind of semi-unexpected personal injury. Maybe someone destroys the painting you spent months on. So after the inciting incident, there's a split second where you're trying to figure out ...
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What is the word for the place/address a person lived, or is identified with, most of their lives?

I know this word exists but I can't remember it. It is like saying current address or last address but has the meaning of the address a person lived most of their lives or is identified with most. ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Dawn, Dusk.. what's a word for middle of the day? [on hold]

A word to best describe the position of the sun when it's directly above and very bright?
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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A synonym for “surroundings”

Is there a synonym for the word "surroundings" which describes the closest surroundings of a spaceship in space (to specify scales lets say distance between planet and ship when ship is on ...
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Are there words with positive connotations used to describe atheists or other non-religious people?

Most words used to describe the lack of religion of people have negative connotations, for example: infidel, nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, atheist, agnostic, heathen, ...
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A word to express “by a large margin”, especially in context of a competition

Consider the following sentence Team A defeated team B by a large margin How can I succinctly express that in the end, one opponent scored a lot more than the other? I thought of easily and ...
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Word referring to process of curing meats?

I remember watching an episode of Floyd on France some time ago which described a French town as famous for their cured meats. I believe the word began with an 'H', and referred to the process of ...
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Word for “less far” meaning the opposite of “further”?

Is there an equivalent like "further" of "less far"? "I still have energy, so I want to run further." vs "I am out of energy, so I want to run [word meaning less distance]"
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A Pyrrhic defeat?

Is there a word, phrase or allusion which represents the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory: a tactical defeat which led to a strategic victory, either accidental or intended? After all, there must be one ...
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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“proxyfing” vs. “proxifing” vs. “proxying”

Is the process of getting something to work through a proxy server called proxyfing, proxifing, or proxying?
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What is a word for a punishment given by people without proper trial instead of the court?

Is there a word that describes the giving of punishment (usually stoned to death) of a criminal by the local people near where the crime happened? A typical example would be when a thief in a village ...
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Word for birth year and death year?

When a deceased person is mentioned in a publication his or her name is often followed by parentheses and the year of birth and the year of death. There is a single word describing that information. ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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What is a good single word to cover both save and share?

I'm trying to come up with a word that can be used in a menu in a piece of software where the options include saving to the user's computer, saving to the cloud and sharing on various social media ...
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Is there a word that means “having to do with genre” or “with respect to genre”?

I'm trying to write a paper about artistic genres and adaptation, and it would be many times easier if I knew a word that meant "having to do with genre." I'd thought of using the word "generic," ...
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What is a word for “detaining without trial”?

I read this in a news about the passing away of a prominent political figure. One of the critics mentioned that during the time when he was in power he used to "detain without trial" his political ...
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A verb for “letting one be in some mental state”

Is there a verb for "letting one be in (some mental state)" or "letting one to experience ..." in the general sense? Here is just an example to demonstrate the usage of such word: let's say I want ...
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Is there a word for ordinal numbers which enumerate non-overlapping periods of time?

I'm creating a database which holds information on measurements which I make with a device that holds a sample. Inserting the sample into the device creates unique boundary conditions which can never ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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Informal way of saying “on the contrary”?

Example: The casual encounters didn't work for me, though. On the contrary, each of them left me emptier than before, made me feel guiltier than before. The only option I can think of is no. ...
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”?

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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A word for misheard lyrics [duplicate]

I read somewhere a word meaning misheard lyrics but I can't recall it. Started with an 'm', I think. Anyone?
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A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?

The writings here are my confessions. is essentially what I mean to say, minus the implication of guilt, or, with more words, The writings here describe personal details about myself and my ...
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word meaning something that was sent specifically from me to someone else?

I am wondering if there is a single English word that refers to something that is specifically sent from me to another person, like a letter, or flowers, or a phone call. Sent doesn't work because ...
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What is the perfect word/idiom/phrase for a situation when enforcement of a system is futile?

What is the proper English word for a scenario where a valid/lawful/best thing can not be established because other things are not at their best. For example, you are unable to enforce food hygiene ...
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Word or term for a bet where you have nothing to lose

Is there a single word or compact term for a bet where you are guaranteed to get your input back? Say you bet $1 on a dice roll and get $1 for each eye on the dice roll. Since the dice has a ...
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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What a word for “navigate” that's more commonly associated with land?

According to Thesaurus it means guide along route, often over water. Are there other similar words but that are more commonly associated with land/terrain? Example: I found it difficult to [...] ...
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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Are doggie bags still asked for?

Is the term "doggie bag" still used in the US and UK, and is it common to take home what you can't finish? What is the most appropriate way to ask for leftovers at restaurants to take home?
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Words describing types of justification given

There are words to modify justifications or reasons given. One means "the real motive", and the other means "a plausible explanation, but not the true motivator". I searched quite a bit, but was ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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Hypernym for “for sale”, “for rent”, etc

What do you call the category whose members include "For Sale," "For Rent," "For Lease," etc.? To put it another way, how would you fill in the blank: When we see a signage for an apartment for ...
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A term for words that change pronunciation with part of speech

I'm talking about words like: construct: CON-struct(n.), cun-STRUCT(v.) present: PRE-sent(n.), pre-SENT(v.) record: RE-cord(n.), ri-CORD(v.) They are pronounced differently based on whether they ...
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Verb in active voice for “being penetrated”

The context is sexual and the example, straightforward: providing an alternative to "a man's penis penetrates a woman's vagina" where the female organ is the subject of the sentence, and using a verb ...
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Is there a word for 'subject' (of a sentence) that isn't 'term' or 'argument'?

I'm writing a philosophy essay that pertains to subjectivity (the condition of being a subject of experience). I use subject in sentences like x is a subject if, and only if, x satisfies criteria x, ...
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What is the equivalent of 'hungry' for breathing?

Hungry for eating. Thirsty for drinking. Tired for sleeping. What can we use for the need or desire to breathe? I can think of saying "hungry for air," "thirsty for a breath," "gasping for a ...
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'Might' is the subjunctive inflection of 'may'; was there ever a subjunctive inflection of 'must'?

I acknowledge that there is no subjunctive mood in English. However, there are variants of some words that we might regard as subjunctive variants. For example, 'might' is the, if you will, ...
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What is it called when the last word of a sentence is also used as the first word of the next sentence? [duplicate]

For example in the rhyme "Miss Susie" the end of each verse is linked to the next. Would these just be called puns? Or is there a more specific name when they are used in this way. Example: Miss ...
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A word for “negligence of duty or responsibility”

I need to know a word which means: "negligence shown by a person in performing a duty, or a responsibility, or any given task." or, "A person who is negligent in performing their ...
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Single word synonym for “Decays into”?

I'm a non-native speaker and was looking for a single word which has the same (or close to the same) meaning as 'decays into' – where something becomes less than it was by losing (little) parts of ...
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Alternative to “waiting period”

I cannot find an alternative to name this concept: In a negotiation process, after a proposal is presented, time is left for the parties to comment on or object to it. "Waiting period" alludes to the ...
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English language project…Please help? [closed]

I’m making a Project on William Shakespeare and John Milton. It's an English project on the life and works of Shakespeare and Milton. I want some general tips and ideas and a good suitable title for ...
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What is the word for 'addition before something'

I'm trying to come up with a word meaning 'addition (before something)' in the sense: His title was 'holiness' but now it must be expressed with the ?something? 'supreme' (such that the title is now ...