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What is the word to describe explanatory person?

What is the word to describe explanatory person who like to explain everything even though they were asked an question which can be answered simply with YES or NO?
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Is there a word for when a statement is technically true but misleading?

The statement that inspired the question was "Newton was wrong [about the laws that govern movement]". Although some exceptions have been found to Newton's laws since he discovered them and thus the ...
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Single word or phrase - conspiratorially exchanging glances

Is there a single word or a phrase for conspiratorially exchanging glances when someone does something inappropriate?
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What do you call something that causes fear?

Example: The wind and the owls weren't the/my only [...] that night. I didn't using fear as a noun is a bit weird in this situation? What's a better alternative?
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Word for “communicating one's feelings”

Example: [...] to her is the thing I should have done back then. I'm not particularly referring to love. It could also be a lesser feeling like affection or gratitude.
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“Numeric” is to numbers as X is to dates. What is X?

"Numeric" is to numbers as X is to dates. What is X?
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An adjective for gestalt

Is there an adjective to describe someone with the ability to quickly grasp/see the whole picture out of a few perceived details. This person is not detail-oriented and never fails to see the forest ...
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One word for a man who feels vulnerable about his wife

What would we call a man who is always suspecting, distrustful and worried about his wife being wooed by other men? He considers his wife naive and the world (other men) as predators in waiting. It ...
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Word and etymology for “small of one's back”

I've encountered the phrase small of one's back often when I was reading the Divergent series, and recently encountered it again on a Wikipedia article. I've searched its meaning on the internet, but ...
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What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?

Recently I was trying to explain the Dutch word gracht to a friend and I found myself needing a general word for a unit of architecture which joins two places together. I thought about "route", but ...
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What's a Word for “Very Sick”?

What is a word for having been very sick, as with the flu or pneumonia? For example, it should fit into the sentence A few days after the event, I became ___ and couldn't get out of bed for a few ...
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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments [on hold]

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Is there a word for a person who loves to build his vocabulary?

What is the English word for a person who loves building his vocabulary?
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Synonym for “dream life”? [on hold]

I have been unable to find a good word (or 2-word phrase) to convey the idea of "dream life", by which I mean "the possible future state of my life in which I experience even more fulfillment, health, ...
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Is there a word that describes disliking a food or drink after vomiting it?

I'm finding it particularly hard to google this, but want to know if there's a word or expression used that describes the scenario when a person stops liking a food or drink after they have vomited ...
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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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Single word for a person who hates their birthday [on hold]

Is there a word for a person who hates their own birthday?
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A good term for something that sustains itself via a positive feedback loop?

So just for context, I would like to pose the hypothesis that the US dollar is the strongest currency because it is the global reserve currency and is the global reserve currency because it is the ...
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Noun emphasizing the cohesivness of a team [on hold]

I am looking for a noun to describe the cohesiveness and unified purpose of a team, rather than just the usual sense of overall talent used when describing a group of individuals as "the best team in ...
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single word counterpart to the word 'insidious' when the results are beneficial

I’ve been trying to think of a single word counterpart to the word insidious. insidious adj proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects. ‘Google Dictionary ...
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What do you call that tiny sound you make with the nose to indicate that you're listening?

I'm not very sure if grunt is the right word. I think a grunt is louder and comes mainly from the throat. I'm looking for a word that expresses a softer noise.
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Word or phrase for one who tries to benefit from everything someone else does [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone who (or the act of someone which) tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context is, on a personal level. For ...
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I'm looking for an antonym for eye opener [on hold]

E.g: The movie is a real eye opener. The movie is a real ___________ .
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What's a good adjective or phrase to describe your feeling when confronted with absurdity? [on hold]

Say, you're supposed to be very angry at something but the situation is SO ABSURD that it becomes funny and you end up laughing at it instead. It cannot be having mixed or ambivalent feelings about ...
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Feminine equivalent to mate

I am seeking a feminine equivalent to mate. Lets say I am walking in a hallway and bump into a male college; I would say something along the lines of Sorry, mate/lad/pal. However when I bump ...
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A word for someone who sarcastically exaggerates your superiority? [on hold]

I was having an argument with someone, and I showed them a piece of clear evidence and now they're just making things up because they've given up. They keep saying things such as "Funny, I ...
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Word meaning “find the truth of”?

The closest word I could think of was quest or journey. But I think they don't imply a "search for truth". Here's an example of what I'm looking for: Now I had the strength to continue [...] about ...
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Riches-to-Rags Emotion? Is there a word for when people get accustomed to a higher quality and then have to go back to less? [closed]

Searching for a (preferably) single word or expression that describes when a person used to "better" things (in life) has to live with less. For example: if someone gets used to fine dining/wine or ...
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What's a good antonym for the word serendipity? [closed]

I 'm looking for an antonym that has all the subtleties that serendipity carries in it.
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Word to describe a computer system that is more error accepting?

I am looking for a word to describe a computer system or program or software that allows more erroneous inputs while still running fine instead of hanging easily. I was thinking of "forgiving" but ...
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a single word for “take interest in”

An effective metaphor will help your readers understand, remember, and ___________ your idea. I have been looking for a single word to fill in that blank that means "take interest in." Why? ...
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Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?

I'm searching for a noun (a single word if possible) or phrase that conveys that one thing functions the same as another externally, even though the internals may differ. Nouns such as copy, a clone, ...
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Single word meaning choose an option of delivery or pick up

Naming a step in a process is difficult when two options with very different meanings exist - Delivery Pick-up If you are choosing delivery obviously you could use 'Delivery Address' or ...
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A word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands (ironically)?

I am looking for a word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands. It might be an archetypal name of some sort, as well as a freshly coined word. It would be perfect to have a tinge of ...
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A proper substitute to “highly reactive” [closed]

I have to use the expression " highly reactive" a lot in my everyday writings. Can there be another word or phrase to put it better and which still connotes the correct meaning. Plutonium is a ...
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Word for a man who is not gay but wanted to be female? [closed]

I searched this site and can't find a word that expresses my sense that I have always thought I would have been better suited as female, and I am attracted to the opposite sex (so would switch if I ...
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Different words for educational problems [closed]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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Word/phrase for “lingering memory of an unpleasant event”?

The first word that came to me was aftermath. But it doesn't quite do it. Because aftermath refers to the "lingering" effects and what I'm looking for is the memory, the shadow. Is there a ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life” [closed]

I want to say something along the lines of: "It's remarkable how [a philosophy/way of thinking] seems to _______________ (in/to) all aspects of my life." I think the word may end in -ize, but I'm ...
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Word/phrase for “things that are too much for us to bear”

I have a theory. We created laughter to protect us from things that are too much for us to bear. I'm sure there's a word or a shorter phrase for the bolded part.
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A word that means to both encrypt and decrypt [duplicate]

I am currently writing a small class in C# which will take an image, decompile it down to a byte array, obfuscate the data into a proprietary format (thus making it unreadable), and store said data ...
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Word/phrase for remarks which often have a dark feel to them but whose meanings are not readily apparent? [closed]

I know someone who has a tendency to make strange remarks whose meanings are not readily apparent, remarks which often have a dark feel to them, but which are left unexplained, as if to hide ...
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A word for someone who gives easy answers [closed]

I asked my friend to recommend to me a good movie to watch and he answers with a very cult movie. Or I ask him a metaphoric question but he answers with a common response. He doesn't think nor ponder. ...
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Word or Phrase for Identical Twins with Opposite Personalities? [closed]

Looking for an apt word or phrase for physically identical twins with opposing character traits? Example: one twin tends to be very organized, and the other tends to be very disorganized, etc.
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Is there a one word synonym for “Paid Lift”? [on hold]

By Paid Lift - I mean you ask for a lift in a car and pay fuel expenses in return
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Word that describes embracing imperfection

What is the English word for people who embrace their mistakes and flaws? It is to be used as a name for a team/group. I have thought of the word 'flawed' but it's kind of too literal. I'm looking ...
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Is there a word or term to describe when someone focuses on a specific example, rather than the problem at large?

For those who don't play video games, there's a growing trend in the industry called "Microtransactions" - a small fee the player can pay for certain things in game. Usually something small, such as a ...
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Formal alternative for “take on board”

Two men are having a conversation. A is plying B with numbers and other technical details, but talks so glibly and rapidly that B does not properly "take on board" the information which A is ...
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Word to describe what an academic degree is “in”

I am trying to describe the individual components of a a list of academic degrees: AS Accounting AS Marketing BA Sociology BA Economics BS Accounting/Finance BS ...