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Words to describe a person who is arrogant

I am looking for words to describe someone who is arrogant/pompous/ungrateful/incorrigible.
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A word for “lack of a word”?

What's the word for "no word for"? I've really been trying to find it, but I just can't seem to.
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Is there a word that describes an intelligent, self-aware, sentient lifeform?

... like "human" but also applicable to other beings that are generally as intelligent (i.e. capable of complex thought, participation in a society, etc.). Or must one describe that concept with ...
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A neutral word to describe ones ability to bypass social expectations in interpersonal interactions?

My assumption is that humans rely heavily on an embedded framework of social contracts when engaging in social interactions. This is for sure both biological and cultural in origin. I'm searching for ...
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Single word that describes a boat stop / drop off point

I am looking for a single word that describes that act of a boat stopping to allow passengers on and off. For example, if it was a bus. The bus might arrive at a bus stop. On route, there are many ...
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“Should be” is to “Should become” as “Should have” is to what?

I'm trying to express an assertion that someone should have something, not right now but in the future. What I'm looking for is analogous to the relationship between "should be" and "should become". ...
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Is there a single word for “this week” or “this month”, like today and tonight?

If we can use today and tonight for the day and night of the same day of speech, why is there no "toweek" or "tomonth"? Are there any other words which can be used? Is this is something that can be ...
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Word/expression for inclination toward using disadvantageous tools

What is the best word/expression to describe a phenomenon or tool that, despite its disadvantages, is used by people? In fact, there are some alternatives for them, however, there is a weird ...
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Word for “functionally equivalent”?

I catch myself using this particular phrase quite a bit, but get asked frequently to explain it. Is there a single word that encompasses the meaning behind it? "It's as if.." comes pretty close, ...
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What is not having a dominant foot called?

If not having a certain dominant hand (or "both-handed") is called being ambidextrous, what is it called if you are "both-footed"?
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“To give information only when solicited” is the opposite of “To answer without ___”?

What's the right word here? Bob: "Sue, why didn't you tell me that before?" Sue:"I don't answer without provocation." Is provocation the right word? I think Sue meant to say she wouldn't ...
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Is there a name for letting something get worse until it is so bad it has to be addressed properly?

I see this idea a lot: Something is bad and people want it to be better There's no way for those people to make it better without a huge investment by others Instead of trying to fix it themselves, ...
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What is the word for when anachronisms are used in movies set in modern day [duplicate]

What is the word for when anachronisms are used in movies set in modern day? This is deliberately done to produce a distinct style. This style is used in the TV show "Pushing Daisies" and the film ...
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Is there a word that means (ac)cumulation over time?

I’m looking for a word that means (ac)cumulation over time. The time aspect is important. I looked around National Geographic articles on ice sheet formation hoping that I would stumble on a ...
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Single word for “of my own accord”

I’m trying to show that I performed a task solely for my own benefit. For example, I did x of my own accord. However, the of my own accord seems a bit too explicit: I am looking for a word that ...
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Someone who is cunning but depicts themselves as innocent to others [on hold]

What can you call a person who is cunning but depicts themselves as innocent to others?
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Is there an equivalent to the word sibling for a parent-child relationship?

Does a parent-child relationship have an equivalent to the word "sibling"? For example: Brother to brother: "We are brothers. We are siblings" Son to father: "We are ________." I do not ...
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Hypernym for “bark”, “meow”, “roar”

Is there a hypernym for animal noises like "bark", "meow", "roar", et cetera?
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A correct word for 'learnful'

I’m looking for a word that would fit in the sentence it was a very learnful experience: i.e., I learned a lot during that experience. Learnful feels correct to me, but the dictionary disagrees. It’s ...
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How to frame a sentence which means that someone has passed the day idly lying back on the couch?

I want to frame a sentence in English which means that someone has passed the whole day lying back simply on the couch idly and doing nothing. But I cant frame that in an appropriate manner.
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Term for a person trying to create unnecessary controversy

What is the term for someone who is trying to create controversy out of nothing? For example, a politician attempting to cause outrage over a very minor thing done by a member of an opposing party.
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Is there a word for wanting bad things to happen to others?

The German word schadenfreude is often used in English to express the pleasure derived from seeing misery in others. From dictionary.reference.com schadenfreude noun. satisfaction or pleasure ...
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what does 'swing your other leg over' mean? [on hold]

I cannot find the phrase in any dictionary. What does swing your other leg over mean? EDIT: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150519-1500a.mp3 Audio programme, ...
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Word that means “Sneak and Steal”?

I'm looking for a word that combines "Sneak" with "Steal", like: To sneak and steal It would be best if it were archaic, but I'd love to hear all possibilities of course. Thank you! EDIT: Thanks ...
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Noun/verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it?

Is there good noun verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it? For example, we know that company X is amazing because of the endorsement it has received from ...
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What is a good word for a lack of knowledge on a particular subject matter?

I would like to know if there is a word for the above situation. Particularly, I would like a word that replaces "X" in the following sentence: You are so computer-X. If it has to, it could fit ...
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Inverse of dependency

In a project management context where A and B would be tasks, if A needs B, then B is a dependency of A. Is there a word to describe what A is to B? As @KateGregory put it, I want to replace "we need ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who feels the desire to run away from situations?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a person in this way. E.g. "I'm feeling very ____ today"
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Opposite of “depends on”

Imagine a web page (A) which contains some repackaged content from another website (B). A depends on B. If B were to keep a list of web pages, like A, that depend on it, what could we call that ...
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word for six-month period…not as an adjective or as an associated adverb, but as an affirmed set word [duplicate]

In English, we have 7 days → a week 14/15 days → a fortnight 30/31 days → a month 365 days → a year Is there any word for six months? Not half a year, or biannually (which ...
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Is there a word or term for one who is obsessed with names?

This is for a piece I am currently writing. Since I could not find anything from a Google search, I figured it would be wise to enlist the knowledge of the smart cohort of Stack Exchange. My question ...
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A word for a big, difficult, weird question [duplicate]

Is there a word that describes an important question that is difficult to answer? I'm attempting to get permission for something big.
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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The summer equivalent of “winterize”?

I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous ...
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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What is a word or phrase for how you feel when you discover something that you don't think you can have [on hold]

The title is relatively self-explanatory. For example, I have been introduced to something that I want but only a few people will get one (e.g. winning the lottery, finding a four leaf clover, or ...
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Antonym of test run

I have developed an algorithm that aims to produce some scientific results. These calculcations use a lot of computing time, so most runs use a much faster, stripped-down version of the algorithm. At ...
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A positive way of saying “Grammar Nazi” [duplicate]

Grammar Nazi is usually how they describe someone who corrects other people's grammar (or spelling, or other errors). Is there any expression that shows such a person in a positive light? I ask ...
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Names of specific phobias [on hold]

I need help. I'm trying to find the phobia names of these fears: Fear of your own identity Fear of not knowing
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Word for someone who can't keep up with the times?

Is there a word that means roughly 'someone who refuses to accept change and insists that things should be done in the old established way'? I'm looking for something like behind the times or has ...
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A generic word for any 'specialized genre'

Is there one? For example, "Bill was a hipster who only enjoyed [very strange and specialized genres of] music".
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What is a word for what gladiators do?

I was writing a story about gladiators and wanted a word to describe what gladiators do (besides fighting), as in the phrase "X isn't just...". Arena fighting sounds too long and gladiation, which was ...
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What would be the best terminology for these plans? [closed]

We have three plans for our website, currently named: "Pro", "Premium", and "Platinum" Pro is the basic. Premium is for professionals. Platinum is for industry (companies, and such). However, my ...
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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What do you call someone who misses someone? [on hold]

What would you call a person who misses someone dearly? Perhaps also a person who's life was changed by that person?
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A word to describe a London projects dweller

Actually, I think I would also love to know the proper British English word for the type of housing that's called 'projects' in US (slums?), but it's a secondary question after all =). The main ...
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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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Word for a non-subscript symbol

Is there a word in English that refers to the symbol that has another symbol associated with it as a subscript, superscript, leftscript or rightscript? For example (lacking Latex here), if I have the ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...