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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles?

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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The person who requests something is called…?

Let's say that I have a collection of books, and someone requests one of them. How would that person would be called, in one word? The only thing I have been able to come up is "pretender", but does ...
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The person who puts food on plate?

In places such as cafeterias, there are people who put food on our plates, and I want to know what I can call them.
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What is one word to describe “i am feeling people are not listening/hearing me”?

How can i express the fact that i feel people are not hearing or acknowledging what i have to say? I have already seen words such as the following (which i don't feel fits well): unheard, inaudible, ...
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What's the definition of the word “Striving” in this context? [on hold]

What type of person would you find yourself striving alongside in a working environment? Really don't want to look stupid on my job application.
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Term for an unevenly aligned street intersection?

I'm searching for a way to describe a street intersection where the lanes do not line up directly parallel from one side to the other. I.e., if you were to drive through the intersection and maintain ...
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To make amends from the other side

Suppose somebody has wronged me, and I want them to make amends. Say I ask for an apology. What are my efforts called? Am I also making amends, or is there a word/phrase that describes the action of ...
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Is there a word that is equivalent to handicap but doesn't imply a negative effect?

Imagine a scenario where the default value for a temperature is 20°C. Is there a word that you can use to say that if you do X you add 2°C to that value, if you do Y you minus 7°C to that value and if ...
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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A verb that means “to prove someone is guilty of a crime”

Preface: I don't think there is a single-word (verb) that expresses the concept I am asking for, in which case I'd settle for the least ambiguous and most common phrase or idiom that describes the ...
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.' [migrated]

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is ...
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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A word for “wanting everyone else to suffer the same as you”?

Let's say I have the following situation: Student: Professor, do you have the answers for the questions on your textbook? Professor: No. When I was a student like you, we had to struggle to ...
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Word for the situation “Get back to the previous situation”

Is there is a single word that denote the situation of getting back to the previous level? Like I want to say, "It is good that something positive had happened but now all X(the word meaning get back ...
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'Control' meaning (a) check (b) manage [on hold]

Examples: "It shall be controlled" "It shall be maintained in controlled conditions" "Established to control process output" "Level of control depends on ..." "The capability of achieving the ...
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Is there a term for a new meaning? [duplicate]

Some words used to have a different meaning. For example, according to this link, here are a list of twenty words that originally had a different meaning from the connotation that we associate it with ...
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Term for when someone interferes with another's authority?

For example, Bob is not very high ranking in the company, but he is the safety manager. Bob tells Rich not to do something because it is not safe. Jim is Rich's boss and tells him to ignore Bob. ...
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Is there an adjective and/or noun that describes a person who is more sensitive to cold than average?

In French, we call people that are very sensitive to cold "frileux" (for a man) and "frileuse" (for a woman). This word can be used as an adjective or a noun. For example, if a group of people is ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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number of (identical) items sold together

Say a shop sells eggs only in packs of 12 or paper clips only in packs of 100. How do you refer to that number in general? I thought sales unit or selling unit might be the right terms, but those ...
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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The rear compartment of a vehicle

Does anyone know if there is a word for the "rear compartment" of a vehicle? I'm talking about larger vehicles, trucks, jeeps, etc. In the particular case I'm dealing with, I'm translating a movie ...
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Word request: sorrow over one’s own ignorance [on hold]

What is the word for sorrow over one’s own ignorance? It’s the feeling you get when confronted with the limits of your knowledge. Faced with a labyrinth of known unknowns, you raise your head up to ...
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Word/phrase for a character in a play/movie/story who is not a main character but interacts with at least one of them

In every fictional story, there are three types of characters: 1) The main characters 2) The people who interact with the main characters, but are not main characters themselves - for example, the ...
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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Is there a specific term used to describe the “Jr.” following a person's name?

Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific ...
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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What is an agent noun that refers to a thing that applies? [on hold]

I am looking for a noun that represents a thing that applies. Some incorrect examples are "applier" and "applicator." Specifically, although it may be unimportant, this thing should be able to apply ...
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A word to describe “the presence of someone/something has little or no significance in a given situation”?

I am trying to use a single word/simple sentence to explain a situation where adding/not adding a part to a device won't make any difference to its functionality.
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What is the correct term for paper that has become wet and deformed as it dried out?

If a paper is submerged in water for some time then left to dry, most often the paper will be deformed. It won't be as flat as it was originally, but wavy (and not wrinkled). This is most apparent ...
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Offensive single-noun term for “indecisive person”

I'm looking for an offensive single-noun term for "indecisive person," preferably short and cutting. Something along the lines of "nitwit" for "foolish person"; but now instead of "foolish," try ...
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Word for when satire is no longer satire

Is there a word for when a satirical piece of work ceases to be satirical because the concept under scrutiny has now become widely accepted.
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What would you call a collection of different types of software and hardware components?

I'm looking for a word or term that comprises all of these into a single entity.
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Adverbial form of “pixel”?

I know that the verbal and verbal-noun forms of pixel are pixelate and pixelation, respectively, but what is/are the adverbial form(s) of the term? I looked on the OED, ODO, Merriam-Webster Online, ...
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Find one word for “family togetherness” [on hold]

I need to replace family togetherness with a single word. What one-word substitution would you think appropriate?
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Is there a word to describe the following emotion?

Heiii lovely people, could anyone perhaps tell me whether there is a word to describe such an emotion. An emotion when you feel sad or disappointed due another person's success because: A. you desire ...
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Is there an opposite of “gifted” as a verb?

Is there an opposite of "gifted" as a verb? For example when it's used such as "you are gifted with high intelligence". How would you say "you are (insert word) with poor reasoning skills".
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What is one word for “to take one's side”?

In the context of protecting someone. I saw my brother breaking the glass, but my mother was taking his side. The word I already searched for and decided to not go with is: supporting, siding, ...
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someone who tricks you to hate someone else

What is the term for a person who hurts himself but makes you think someone else did it so that you hate that other person?
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What is the word describing in a plot the protagonist realizes his previous actions all wrong

I remember reading this word in a commented version (Norton Critical Edition, to be exact) of "A Clockwork Orange". It is used to describe the last chapter, in which the protagonist, Alex, realizes ...
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I need a word that means to have great potential but won't go through with it?

Context: I'm a very good vocalist and I do want to be famous but not by pursuing myself as a musician because performing live at concerts is not my kind of thing. I fear that although being a local ...
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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What is a word for “to take pleasure in someone else's success”?

For example, say I work with a group of people, and one completes a very successful project. If I feel happy that a teammate has had a success I then I am…..?
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A word for being formal?

Is there a word for being formal as how the noble kids of France did? I think pompous is one of them, but it is rather sarcastic.