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Antonym of “ruthless”?

Is there a word that means the opposite of ruthless? I don't think "Ruthfull" is a real word...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Term for “person who just keeps talking and won't go away”

I'm looking for a polite word for someone who traps you in a conversation. I'd like to avoid suggesting that the person is foolish, just that they continue a conversation in spite of all hints that ...
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A word that means education away from self reliance

What is a word that means: To deliberately educate the masses away from knowledge of self sustainability/self reliance. I heard this word some 10 years ago and can't remember what it was..
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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When someone ruin all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes he/she say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their Kindness and helps, ...
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Term for a person with absolutely zero knowledge of a topic

I'm looking for a term to describe someone who literally has zero knowledge of a topic. Initially I thought of using something like green field but that doesn't really describe the person, it really ...
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What word describes changing behavior from consuming or using services to contributing or providing?

I"m attempting to efficiently describe a threshold of when someone has moved from being a consumer to a contributor. My context is a church setting. I'm responsible for drafting a description of the ...
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What do you call the intersection of a rectangle and a circle?

The intersection of two rectangles is called a corner, but is there a word for the intersection of a rectangle and a circle? Is it still a corner? This picture I made probably explains it better: ...
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What's a word that describes an intent (only action)

For example a person says "I want to call", but he doesn't mention the person he is going to call. So his intent is to call, but it's missing because an entity is missing (the person name/the number). ...
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A question about the word “agnate.”

An "agnate" (Used both as a noun and adjective) is a person descended from the same male ancestor as another, through the male line. A "paternal kinsman" is also a way of defining "agnate." ...
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Negative and insulting [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is constantly negative, cynical about the world around him and can't help but nitpick and find a way to insult everyone around him?
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A word that means 'someone who always immediately cleans up after eating, keeps their room tidy…"

... when they see people in need, they help. People who feel the need to do certain things like these. Edit: I'm not looking for a word describing someone compulsively neat, but someone who has a ...
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Idiom for doing “space age” stuff instead of what is necessary

What is a good way to call someone out who prefers doing the new, cool, and shiny thing over doing what is really necessary?
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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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Word meaning “to make more accurate”?

I'm looking for a single-word verb that means "to make more accurate". The OED lists a word that might work, but the context is sort of restricted to an (in my opinion unfairly) small situation-set. ...
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What to call this person? [on hold]

Someone you love who has only hurt you. Never returned the same love. Even when she knows how much you love her. Not infidel or disloyal but something which also keeps the essence of love like you ...
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Passive voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [on hold]

I have heard her sing this song several times => She has been heard to sing this song several times or other answer. Plz, help me
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Word for a particular “weird-looking” pose in a photograph?

By weird-looking I mean something like this, a facial expression that people often use when being photographed: I checked Thesaurus, but the words--freaky, funky, kooky--don't seem to have the ...
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What is a word for a person being “crossways”?

In my native language Swedish we say that a person is "tvär" if he is diffcult to agree with. It literally means "blocker" i.e. tvär would mean "på tvären" (on the crossway) that means that the person ...
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...
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Name for someone who believes that sciences is more than just descriptive

Some people believe that science can answer the 'why?' rather than just 'how can I visualize/model/interpret this?'. It's the attribution of a 'super natural' quality to science as is currently quite ...
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A word referring to someone to says/tells something/to someone? A problem with ambiguity

Sorry if this has been asked, because i don't seem to be able to search for it due to its common words. I'm having problems coming up with a word for "someone who says or tells something to someone". ...
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A word or a phrase that encompasses TV shows and movies [duplicate]

I want to think my friend for always providing me with quality TV shows and movies. In my native language there is a single word that describes both of those things. What is the English word or ...
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Whats a word that means a name of some one you don't want to say in vain? [on hold]

I need a word that describes a person who can't stand that other particular person so much that they won't say their name even when they're talking about them. Example:I'm feeling very ________about ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Person Takes Certain Advice

What do you call a person who only takes advice which agrees with what they initially want? For instance, John Doe needs to lose some weight to get healthy, but loves sweets so you advise John on ...
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Single word for Time off in lieu

Is there any single word describing Time off in lieu ? This is to add section in our employee portal to users to add Time in lieu they did and time off they took.
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What is a good word I can use for the talking I do with myself in my mind?

'Monologue' seems like a close fit, but I think more people associate it with one-sided conversation. Correct me if I'm wrong. 'Soliloquy' seems to be only concerned with plays and dramas. Can I use ...
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Term for self-serving behavior disguised as altruism? [duplicate]

Once when I was having a hard time a guy said to me, "I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I'll pray for you," in a way that made it clear that he was glad I was having a hard time because it gave him ...
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Looking for a word like “eulogy”, but for a person that has not died?

I was thinking of words like the "background" of a person? Their overall qualities summarised into a short form. Eulogy might be a bad example, as it implies praise. A word meaning "a summary of ...
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Is there a single word for describing a person as unbiased in self judgement?

An example sentence might read something like: Tom was a [unbiased self judge] and thusly suitable for the task. or Barbara's [lack of bias in self judgement] convinced her the pink ...
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Being right about something you are not educated enough to comment on regardless

The word I seek describes a person who is right, but doesn't know why. It's an amazing word to use in scenario's where people win favor by stating an otherwise known truth for crowd validation, but ...
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Word for Majboor - A person who is forced to do something because of the circumstances.

We use "majboor" in Hindi to describe such a person. Google says that "helpless" means unable to defend oneself or to act without help. Is that the word for the same or there is something else?
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One word for playing on the violin with a bow

When one is playing on the guitar, one is strumming. One can strum on the strings of a violin too. But most of the time, one uses a bow to play on the violin. Is there a single word for that?
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Single Word Request for an adjective to replace my use of the word “gay” to describe [on hold]

Single word request for an adjective to describe the disdain and contempt I feel toward someone else's cringe-inducing, affected, precious and pretentious behavior. I currently say that behaviour is ...
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Word for a team from company 'A' working for company 'B ' at B's workplace? what this process can be called? [on hold]

I think we can call it 'remote team' but is there any other more formal word for team and the process?
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A word to express meanings highly developed AND naturally evolved

My sentence is Human Brain - [word] Computer System Human Brain - a [word] Computer System        will work as well Now the problem is when talking about technology ...
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Any slang word for “debt-collector”?( specially among gangsters & criminals!)

According to dictionaries, A collection agency, also known as a debt collector, is a business that pursues payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses. But I have seen in movies that criminal ...
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Is there a word for describing people who know many things but superficially?

Is there an appropriate word for the antonym of "full-stack", as in programming? Someone who knows a lot of things just as a full-stack programmer, but without mastering them.
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A verb to describe the development of a wish

I am a non-native speaker. Consider a couple whose wish to have children only recently has ... Well, what? What verb should I use to describe the development of a wish? developed sounds to formal ...
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Adjective pertaining to 'rainforest' or similar

I am looking for the adjective to describe that something is a rainforest, or similar (such as a forest, jungle, woodland.) For instance, I am not looking for adjectives like 'green' or 'leafy,' ...
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Spanish version of a Francophile

I know the word Francophile is someone who likes France and the French. I also know of Anglophiles that is a similar word for the British. Is there such a word for the Spanish though?
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Word for a desire that you can not do anything about

I'm looking for a word that means a desire/wish that is improbable to be fulfilled ( and you can not do anything to change it).
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What is a word that encompasses drugs, supplements, and foods?

I want a word to use to describe a drug, vitamin, mineral, supplement, herb, food, or spice that you can take to treat a disease or that would affect the body. I want to put a label on these things. ...
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What someone is called who supports you

What do you call someone who supports others by checking in with them when they're trying to achieve a goal? Not a sponsor.
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What do we call a non-technical person? [duplicate]

I'm writing some text for the website of my hosting company and I simply cannot figure this one out. I currently have the following sentence: We provide reliable hosting for creative ...