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What do we call this type of discourse?

Someone, guilty of a wrongdoing, defends his position by reminding the accusing party that, at some point in time, s/he was guilty of the same wrongdoing too. This is instead of making an apology or a ...
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A verb that means making dimples in dough with fingertips

Is there a verb or baker's term which describes the act of pressing dough with your fingertips to make dimples? Is there a more succinct way of expressing this action? Is the term dimple the most ...
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Adjective that means “a lot of work has been invested in X” [on hold]

Is there an adjective in English which modifies noun X as follows: "apparently, a lot of effort/work has been invested into X to make it so good". Examples could be a ? hotel room, a ? school paper, ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Relation between blood type and personality

I am looking for a word that would name the belief that your personality is related to your blood type.
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What is the opposite of acidic? (as in alkaline heavy water)

A water with a low pH is known as acidic water. How would you refer to water with a high pH? I would guess it's alkalitic or alkalinic but I can't find any references to those words on ...
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A word for Bashfully Giddy?

I'm looking for a word to describe a feeling. The best I can describe it is bashfully giddy. Like, I want to show of this elated smile but I also kind of want to bury my head in the sand. It's as ...
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Is “whomnot” a valid word, and if not, what is a valid alternative?

It just struck me when writing a message, that I don't know of an analogue of "whatnot" for persons. Does such a word exist? If not, could a person hypothetically see about somehow creating it ...
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word for a person who achieves the impossible

Single word for a person who achieves the impossible.
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Word for “repeat giver” or “repeat giving”?

My clergyman asked me whether there exists a single word for a person or thing "that keeps on giving," that is, gives over and over again. I couldn't come up with such a word, but I volunteered the ...
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Is there a word for a person who has lost their sibling? [duplicate]

Is there any word that applies to a person who has lost their sibling, such as widow/widower for a married person who has lost their partner?
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Word for “void of people”

I'm looking for a (preferably single) word to describe a place where there are no people. Empty somehow implies that there's nothing at all there, deserted says that people left or abandoned this ...
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How can I describe a particular point along the width of an object?

A cube might be 10 meters high, 10 meters deep and 10 meters wide. I can describe a point in that cube as being at a height of 2 meters, and at a depth of 3 meters, but it sounds wrong to say that my ...
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Hypernym for “business” and “private individual”

An example sentence: Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in. Both formal and informal words are welcome. As ...
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Gender-specific replacement for fiancée and fiancé

I find that frequently, particularly with the advent of same-sex marriage, fiancée and fiancé are used in a confusing manner. For instance, if a man writes: My fiancé knows all about Java, because... ...
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Word that means implement (verb), but in an ongoing sense [on hold]

Implement carries an implication of doing something for the first time. Is there a word that means essentially continue to administer? E.g. "we will continue to implement a program that addresses X ...
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Is there another single word that means this certain definition of the word“ usage”?(Read Desc.)

The certain definition I am referring to is from Dictionary.com and goes like this 2. The customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written. So my question is is there ...
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More formal term for trivia

I am writing a handbook of information of persons of note. While most of it is straight forward and standardised content that all persons share, for example date of birth, periods of service and the ...
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“Bid” is to “counterbid” as “quote” is to what?

Bids and counterbids are relevant in auction scenarios. But generally, when a seller/service provider sends a quote to a customer, the customer tends to negotiate. What is the price that the customer ...
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I am looking for a word to describe a person who takes joy in creating (food, art, etc.) and loves to learn about the world and its cultures

I guess I am looking for a word that describes a person who is passionate about taking in all they can from the world - learning, creating, traveling, eating, photographing, etc. Please help if you ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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Word for someone who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it

What is called a person who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it. For example a short person who scorn someone for being short.
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Word or phrase for “to create again, but better”

Is there a word or phrase that means both to "re-create" and "improve"? I would like to say "___ our language", meaning to create a new lingua franca from scratch. The word should imply starting over ...
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Personality trait in which the person's style is evident in all they do?

What is the term for the personality trait in which the person's style is evident in (bleeds into) all they do? There may be, for example, a particular style of handwriting, decoration, dress, ...
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Word to describe being grateful in an understated way?

I'm writing a letter asking for feedback from someone who is an expert on the topic. I would like to indicate that I am grateful for their input, and possibly how useful it is for me so as to praise ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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Word for the opposite of a target? [on hold]

I have an event database that links two people - the person causing the event and the person the event targets. The latter column I call "target", but I can't think of a word to describe the person ...
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A Word Single For Blind Fighting Or Some Kind Of Handicap Training? [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word that can be used to describe blind fighting(as in martial art), or training thereof, or even modern impaired/handicap training in sports.
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Word for “the state of having eaten spicy food”

How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate? What word should I say? Edit : Removed the I am ____ed constriction. I'm looking for a general term but not necessarily ...
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What is the English for the Swedish word 'snippa'?

This report appeared in yesterday's Observer - page 22. Little boys have a word for theirs. Now Swedish girls do too.... It begins: I only ever speak English to our three-year-old daughter, and my ...
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Verb for making enemy [on hold]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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Word for multi opponent combat?

I'm googled it and cannot find an answer. I'm looking for a single word to describe multi opponent combat or multiple opponent training. Maybe even in the way of a skill. For example, a single person ...
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Word meaning “not preferred” - not antonym

I wish to distinguish between items that are preferred and items that are good, but not necessarily preferred. Is there a word to describe the latter?
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Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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Word for 'stage elements'

I'm looking for a word that describes everything you might find on a theatrical stage, including actors, props, and backdrops.
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What's a word for the ability to discern another's mental state?

I want to avoid some common implications of empathy: that it's mostly involuntary, and that it involves some re-experiencing of the other's feelings. I'm looking for a more general word (or, less ...
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Another word for lifehacks

I'm looking for a synonym (single-word of short phrase) for the word lifehack. I read Wikipedia article, and checked few online dictionaries. I could not find any synonym. The word is informal and it ...
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I _____ a work of fiction. (Fill in the blank.)

Where "work of fiction" means "fictional story" or "fictional narrative", not strictly "written work of fiction". Consider a work of fiction, x. I am looking for a single verb, y, such that: If x ...
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A word for evidence used to tell if someone has been in your room

I know there's an actual word for this. I used to know the word, but I've lost it. The word describes a category of methods that someone uses to detect if someone has been in a room, or opened a ...
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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Word or phrase for “mechanism/ability to pause machine in a certain condition”

Air conditioner (or any cooling machine) has mechanism/ability to pause cooling a room for a while. If this ability doesn't exist, the room will get very cold and could freeze anything in the room. ...
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The best word to describe intelligence,wisdom and vision [on hold]

The best word to describe an extremely wise,intelligent person who has vision.
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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Opposite of reluctance?

What would be a suitable antonym of "reluctance" or "hesitance" that does not have the connotation of "rash judgment/action" or any negative connotation? Instead, I am looking for an antonym that ...
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is there a word for the time span between an old king and a new king?

A king suddenly dies, and during the immediate aftermath, the realm is without an official leader (leaving the throne susceptible to usurpers) and the heir is still being notified or is traveling and ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?
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What is the word for someone actively engaging with an idea?

For example, not just admitting that the idea of race exists but actively pushing boundaries of what we commonly accept it as or searching for the implications in relation to the lives of themselves ...