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Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?

What is an appropriate term for a young person (child, or teenager) whose words and actions mimic that of a much older person from a previous generation? Such a youngster would demonstrate strong ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
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One who never attends public meetings [on hold]

There is an actor who never attends any public meetings or award functions. What to call such a person?
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Art and Culture are to “Philistine” as Feeling and Compassion are to what?

I'm looking for a noun to embody the adjectives "unfeeling" and "heartless" the same way Philistine embodies "uncivilized" and "crude". I'm looking for something a bit more tactful than say, "a ...
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“Tear(drop)” synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and ...
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1answer
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When you run a program for the first time, is it after the first “run”, “launch”, or “execution” of that program? [on hold]

I’m slowly writing my thesis and I’ve encountered an issue where I need to say that certain settings must be set when the software starts for the first time. Which of these things would I therefore ...
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A word for “similarity to reality”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a single word which means "looking like a real thing" or similarity to reality for the post which I am about to write. Example: One of the prominent reason why Nolan's Batman Trilogy ...
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2answers
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The comfort which one hath of her husband

According to an article published on quizlet.com, titled 'The most difficult and unbelievable word of the OED' (which i dont have access to), levament means "The comfort which one hath of his wife". ...
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4answers
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A word for killing a cousin

Almost every type of killing can be described in a single word such as suicide, parricide, genocide, etc. Is there such a term for killing a cousin specifically?
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Better term for “intellectual jokes”

What can you call a joke, pun, or anything funny that likely needs intelligence to get? All I can come up with is intellectual jokes; is there another word for this? A one-word answer would be great. ...
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Is there a word to describe the positioning of words directly below other words, as in translations

I was hoping to use a word to say that in a song lyric, the translation of the original language appears directly below the original language throughout the song, without having to say all that. I ...
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1answer
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Describing a group of people who lie down in a public place to send a political message

I was walking through the square, and I came upon a group of people all lying on the ground. Each had a print out on their chest with a political message, and nobody was moving. What word or phrase ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to make similar”?

I'm attempting to document a change that will make two things more congruent. I'd like to use a word in this way: This change [makes similar] the two items. The best I've been able to find ...
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Is there a term for 'Disregarding a persons opinion/argument because they haven't experienced it.'? [on hold]

So today I was talking to some people at work about the health issues surrounding cigarettes and marijuana. I have no problem with either of those things but when people say there are absolutely no ...
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13answers
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A word or phrase for 'Holy grail' (a goal impossible to achieve)

I am looking for a word or phrase that means "a long sought out goal that seems impossible to achieve" but without any religious connotations. Any suggestions? My intended usage is as follows: ...
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A word or idiom for a religion which gets blamed for a single person's misguided activity [on hold]

The title is self-explanatory. Thanks for any help you are being able to provide.
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What word means being forced to agree or accept?

How to say something like I am forced to agree or accept the situation in one word? I believe there is a precise word to express this.
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2answers
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What name would you give to data about a person's illnesses, ailments, diseases and medical condition?

What term would you ascribe to the record of a person's illnesses, diseases and medical condition? Clarification The thing I am trying to describe is simply the record of, or data that reflects on ...
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Any term for someone who pretends to be neutral

Is there any term for someone who pretends to be neutral (in discussion), but in fact supports one of sides?
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Idiom or word for a very heavy thing

There is an idiom in Turkish for describing very heavy things: "Heavy like a dead donkey" (Eşek ölüsü gibi ağır). In English, there is a dead weight but it is not quite similar. Also, it has two ...
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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3answers
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Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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1answer
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a single decisive word for a “positive result”

It says: The sweeping prevalence of technology is an undeniable fact today. Both fruits and repercussions of such prevalence have reached epidemic proportions. Can fruit mean a positive ...
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One word, preferably short, that describe “quantity limited”

I run an e-commerce site and I want a word or very short phrase that convey the meaning of quantity limited that's easy to understand and also convey a sense of urgency. This word or phrase will ...
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9answers
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Is there a word or phrase meaning to plant my idea in someone else’s mind?

Is there a word or phrase that means to plant my idea in someone else’s mind so they think it is their own idea? Just like what happened in the movie Inception.
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What is the part of speech for words suffixed with “ity”?

This may be a dumb question, but I am bad at grammar (software engineer). Example: practical becomes practicality, equal becomes equality The dictionary calls them nouns, but nouns are defined as ...
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1answer
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Name for setup and reversal style of writing?

What is the name of an expression where two noun/verb sentences are reversed in the second half of the expression? Here's an example: People were created to be loved. Things were created to be ...
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1answer
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What do you call a person who's just been released from jail? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for a person who has just been released from jail?
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759 views

A general word for weapons which are not considered firearms

Is there a general word for an assault weapon which cannot be considered firearm? For example knives, knuckles, a piece of metal, etc. Could 'Stabbing' be the right word for it?
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1answer
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What's a single word for the context a word is used in (used to differentiate similar words)?

I saw a question on this site asking about the difference between two similar words and one of the answers said it was the specific context each word was used in, except they used a single word that ...
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8answers
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What is the single word for a school where only boys study?

A school where both boys and girls study is called co-ed (co-education) What is the name for the school where only males study? (Calling it a male school seems a bit awkward)
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Single-word “Open your mouth!” imperative form [closed]

Is there any single-word verb determining the imperative sentence form. All I could find is the "open your mouth!" form.
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2answers
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What do you call the love of ancient ruins?

I am trying to find one word that describes the love of old building ruins.
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2answers
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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1answer
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What is the correct word / words for the information about someone's body, like hip circumference? [closed]

I would like to find a suitable word, that summarises data like different body parts' circumferences. What I could think of is 'Body Information', but it sounds bad at least for my non-native ears, ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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What do you call the act of taking science and making it available to the broader public?

In French we have a word, vulgarisation, which is the act of synthesizing complex knowledge into a form that a broad audience can understand. I know that the final product is called popular science in ...
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0answers
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Word / compact phrase for written fictional works? [closed]

While literature is colloquially often used in this context, that word is clearly defined in most dictionaries as: Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic ...
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3answers
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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1answer
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [closed]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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6answers
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [closed]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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1answer
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Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [closed]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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1answer
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How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [closed]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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4answers
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He nearly drowned

Imagine two similar, but technically different scenarios: While swimming he was caught by the torrent. It put him under water, he breathed in some water, got unconscious. Some passers-by pulled him ...
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What do you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of a building?

For example, what would you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of an earthquake? I thought of survivors but that doesn't imply they are stuck somewhere in any way. Suggestions?
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Is there a word for 2 different sentences with the same meaning in some context?

For example: I often want to eat pie because I really like it. and Due to my overwhelming approval of pie, I commonly long for ingesting it. These two sentences happen to have the same meaning ...
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Word: Tacky Rich People/Trashy Wealthy People [closed]

Is there any single word to describe, as the title says, tacky rich/trashy wealthy people? The word nouveau riche describes this pretty nicely, while ODE lists the following as synonyms: the new ...
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Is there any slang word for somebody who doesn't show up for a date?

Is there any slang word that describes somebody who doesn't show up when you date him?