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Another word for 'artificial' to be used in this context?

"The proliferating artificial" whereby artificial is representative of the cityscape. I'm just at a loss for words...
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Noun for “almost truth”

Is there a noun for a statement that is false, but only because of a single, or a few, counter-examples? An example of such a statement would be "All primes are odd." as 2 is prime and even, but it ...
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A word meaning either arrow or bolt

I'm looking for a word which could mean arrow or crossbow-bolt (but not other missiles like stones, darts or javelins or whatever). More specifically I'm trying to use it as a description for what ...
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Shorter way of saying “Uncertain of what was going on”?

I saw a shadow fumbling inside my closet. [...] , I screamed. I thought of the word confused but I think it doesn't have enough intensity. Is there a word/phrase that means uncertain of what was ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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If I'm “dictating” am I recording what you say or telling you what to do?

In a document that I'm writing, I am trying to state that, in the course of conducting a user interview, I am "not simply dictating the desires of the user." My intention is to indicate that I am not ...
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Word for: feeling of relief in realizing you don't have a responsibility you thought you had

For example, waking up from a dream where you had an assignment due you didn't do but in waking you realize it was only a dream and you didn't actually have an assignment due, and feeling relief. ...
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A verb for talking about someone who hurt you

Consider: A boyfriend cheated on her girlfriend, so she broke up with him. She didn't make a big stink about it, but when she dwells on it, she feels so upset and angry she cannot help saying to ...
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What's a word for this phrase?

I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from ...
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Word for popular conception of a period of history

Recently, I listened to the Heroes and Legends course from The Great Courses. At one point, the author said a word which he defined as something along the lines of "Popular (and often exaggerated) ...
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What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?

Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone. 'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without ...
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Noun meaning “a fixedly watch”?

I'm not talking about the timepiece, but the act of watching. For example: I came back to my post and and continued my [...] Is there any noun that would fit there?
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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [on hold]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...
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What is the word to describe an explanatory person?

What is the word to describe an explanatory person who likes to explain everything even though they were asked a question that could 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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...