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Is this arrogance or something else?

What do I call someone who has a "things are as I say they are" attitude? example: I say the sky is green, if you don't agree i will punch you till you do. or example:Someone says they are from a city ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. Any help would be greatly ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?

Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's left or right-handed. Another example could be Our designs are not ...
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Term for tactics Politicians use to win support of populace

As it's Election's time in UK and some other countries as well, we're used to listening politicians' oratory. During the speeches we often observe how politicians try to win public support by ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is talking down to you and thinks your decisions/actions are wrong?

So if someone is giving you an attitude when you are telling them about certain life decisions you made. And that person really doesn't understand the situation, not to mention they are ignorant... ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Some idioms for “psychotherapist” and the meaning of “therapist” in the US

Some Russian-English dictionaries like Multitran suggest that the word "therapist" has a meaning of "psychotherapist" in the US slang. Is it generally true? Can you please suggest me some compact ...
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What is the name of a fallacy for thinking something is easy for others because it is easy for you?

I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means: believing a task to be easy for others because it is ...
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a better alternative for “computerize”?

Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ ...
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Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes

Dynamic systems often have feedback mechanisms whereby changes in the system can either be self-reinforcing, causing the system to change more once it has started changing, or self-opposing, causing ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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What's a word for being curious in a worried manner?

Example: My wife was reading the news, her hands shaking, her mouth hanging open. [...], I leaned over to have a peek. Is there a word a bit "stronger" than curious? One that shows a bit ...
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Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation

The term "hardcoded" refers to configuration that's imbedded in a program's code. To a programmer, it may have a negative connotation (if it is a bad design decision) and to a non-technical user, the ...
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What is the effect of 'stiff' in this sentence? [on hold]

In Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, there's this part that goes "...there's a stiff penalty..." What is the effect of 'stiff' here? It supposedly has some effect on the reader. Stiff means firm ...
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Adjective derived from “descendant”?

"Ancestral" means "of or pertaining to an ancestor or ancestors". Is there an adjective which means "of or pertaining to a descendant or descendants"? "Filial" isn't quite the right word, as it ...
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What is the name of a thing that can be present or absent? [on hold]

It is an arbitrary, abstract thing. Its only interesting quality is that it can be present or absent. I'd settle for a thing that exists or doesn't exist, is here or not here, etc. I'm just after a ...
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Would this qualify as sarcasm?

Let's suppose a guest brought something inappropriate, like maybe a polo mallet and helmet, to an informal beach party (presumably to show off), and I made a snarky remark to my companion: for ...
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Word for “waiting longingly/expectantly”?

Example: Many people [...] for the end of the days. I thought of the word anticipate. But I think it sounds a bit like an understatement.
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Antonym of copypasta

Is there any antonym for "copypasta", preferably in the context of computer programming? I can't think of anything more concise than "written from scratch". Neither Wiktionary or Urban Dictionary ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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What is the action called when a grumpy old man shows that he is annoyed, by making a 'throat-clearing' sound?

Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Is there a more appropriate word or an idiom for that?
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Word for the person who rates or judges others based on his past record is called [on hold]

Please share the exact word to describe such a person and synonyms of that word. Thanks
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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What is the word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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What do you call an object inserted between two pieces (of bone)

Imagine someone has a broken bone and after removing any slivers there is a void between the two bone fragments. In order to assure that the bone grows back correctly, a piece is inserted between the ...
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What do you call a document that is less formal/serious than a paper?

Say you're interested in a topic and you start researching about it. You write down the data, analyze it, etc. You don't intend to publish them, but you wouldn't mind if someone did. What do you call ...
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Word that means “impossibility”?

Example: Our emotions aren't something we experience, but who we are. Hence the [...] to get rid of them. I thought of the word futility but I think it denotes more 'uselessness' than ...
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Word request: person from a different company that supplies people/services

What is the word for a person from a different company that supplies people/services for you to use constantly?
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Word to describe policy that attacks the environment?

I am putting together a presentation, and for the life of me I am unable to think of the word which describes this situation. I am discussing policy promoted by the US in Latin America during the 60s ...
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Word for a sudden flow of ideas? Is 'brainwave' good enough?

Imagine you are thinking about a problem you need to solve, nothing's coming to mind, and all of a sudden you get a dozen different ideas at once. Is there a word that expresses this sudden flow of ...
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Lost In Punctuation

Usually, when a piece of text is translated from one language to some other language, and (due to slightly different idioms, phrases, words, etc.) the end meaning is changed, then it is attributed to ...
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Word for 'possessing large gravity well'?

Is there a word which means "possessing a large gravity well/exerting much gravity"? My friend suggested "gravacious" which, though not a word, sounds fitting. And in the non-existence of a such ...
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Longest lexicographic English word? [duplicate]

What is the longest lexicographic English word? In other words, what's the longest English word who's letters are in alphabetical order?
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A word or succinct descriptor for someone no longer found physically attractive

I am looking for a word or succinct descriptor for a person whose appearance has changed such that they are no longer found to be physically attractive by the speaker/writer. The ideal answer should ...
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Single countable word for trash/garbage

I am can't seem to think of a single word for trash or garbage in the singular form. I want to use in a sentence like so: I picked up two [trashes] yesterday. Obviously that is wrong because ...
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Word for “press softly”?

Example: I held the bee and [...] against my arm, to see whether it would sting me. I can't think of any word. And Thesaurus on has synonyms that mean pressing harder.
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creating new word(s) for following description [on hold]

I am new to this community, so sorry if I m missing to follow any standards/guideline here. I would really appreciate your help on finding a right/suitable/intuitive word for the following ...
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What do you call a combination of date and time? [duplicate]

Those who know programming simply call this as DateTime. For example, "2015-12-22 03:11:25". Instead of referring it to simply DateTime, is there any other suitable name?
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Adjective describing a person who has lots of children, not “fertile”

Is there a single adjective that means "this person has lots of children"? Context: I'm not actually talking about a person. I'm talking about a data structure in a computer program, where objects ...
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3answers
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Predisposed supporter of authority views for the supporter's benefit

'A person who has a predisposition to support authority views, because they know they will be reinforced for doing so.' Words that come to mind are: group think, and authoritarian. But is there ...
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What do you call the act of searching something by walking?

Example: The police and dog spent the whole night [...] the area. Is searching the only word? Or there are other ones?
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Another words for “condensate”? [on hold]

I want to describe rainfall, originally i choose "conceived", but that does not fit the imagery. So "condensate" came to mind, but that feels a bit scientific but visual enough. All suggestions are ...
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Single adjective meaning “for a long time”?

Basically I want to say: Sheep grazing is one of the possible ways to restore the biodiversity of alpine meadows that have been uncultivated for a long time. But I would like to form much ...
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Hypernym for different time sections of a day [duplicate]

In a day, we have different names for different times of it. For example, morning, afternoon, night, evening, noon. I need a hypernym for them all. What word should I use?