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Word for 'Lacking a subject'

The poet Medbh McGuckian often lacks subjects in her sentences, for example: "From behind the moon boys' graves \ bleed endlessly" ~ From Love Affair with Firearms She doesn't ever define the ...
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Word for the satisfaction of curiosity

There is a good feeling you get when your curiosity is satisfied, especially if is about a question you found interesting or important, or have spent a lot of time and energy trying to answer. ...
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a word that would mean “a marriage where either of the spouse is of a higher rank or caste”

I was writing an essay when I used the word morganatic and I realized I don't quite know the word for a marriage between people of unequal ranks that society holds as unfair or against the norms. it ...
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Equivalent for “optimizable”

Apparently optimizable is not a word. Why? This occurs semi-frequently when we have candidates for one or more optimization techniques. Note that I would argue that suboptimal has the undesirable ...
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Fearing rejection from others and hence hesitant about it

Is there a term for the situation when we falter about making a suggestion or flinch from giving an answer or hesitating to take an action fearing ridicule of others or their rejection? Is there a ...
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Is there any word for a person who gives the contract to murder to someone else?

Is there any word for a person who doesn't murder but give the contract to murder to someone else?
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Is there a valid or recognized verb for rote learning?

In the sentence "rote learning is a decent way to memorize a writing" , can "rote learning" be replaced by a verb and the sentence be changed to ".......ing is a good way to memorize a writing"? I ...
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Is there a word for “a drop of water that comes into contact with eyes”?

I am just looking for one word, when a drop of water come into eyes. Is there is any word for this ?
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What do you call a person that only do the minimum to get through day-to-day basis?

I'm trying to find a word or a short phrase that target such person. Like someone who has no passion, no drive and only does whatever needed to survive.
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Word for lack of comprehension of something easy to comprehend

So, I was watching this Vsauce youtube video, which discusses Déjà vu, Presque vu, and Jamais vu. Now, all three concepts are something I'm aware of and have experienced, but it made me think of ...
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Slang names for souteneur

What are some common slang names for the souteneur - the illicit "manager" for prostitutes? I'm fairly sure there are a few, but I can't find any in the common online resources and I need it for a ...
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A non slangy word for “distractible person”

I'm thinking of starting a 12 step inspired support group, for people struggling with distractions. Basically it would be a group for people with ADHD symptoms, whether they actually have the ...
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A word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular

I'm looking for a word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular, for example a sports team on a winning streak, or something which is currently in fashion.
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Is there an unambiguous word to mean “moving slowly”? [on hold]

Besides "crawling", is there another verb to describe slow movement? It would be best if the word is not a homograph (has no other meanings besides "move slowly").
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Is there a single word that means “hitting the target but missing the point”?

For example the waiting time target in a hospital can be met if enough patients are killed off quickly so freeing up beds. However hitting the waiting time target in that way is rather missing the ...
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Is “object of discussion” an established term, or is there another word for that?

In a review of, let's say, predatory habits of some animals, the subject of the discussion is the predatory habits. Is it correct to say that the animals, then, are the objects of discussion or ...
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How to describe relations that are not good?

Question 1 If someone's relations with any of their relatives (say father), are not good, what adjectives would be appropriate in the following cases: They don't fight or have frequent quarrels yet ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who is always defeated at my hand?

If A always defeats B, A is B's nemesis. If B always loses to his rival A, B is A's ____?
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What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio ...
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Trying to know the place before the jaunt

Here is the the situation: whenever I plan going out on a vacation to a beach or hill-station, I inquire about the weather, I search for accommodations, I call people who have been there and do other ...
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A connection between them

I need a term that establishes connection between a person and a certain object. As an example, if one of my friends(not with me now) used to have one particular chocolate bar, say X, and now I get ...
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What is the most precise antonym of “talent”?

Where "talent" here refers to a personal quality of "from birth, being able to do a specific skill well", what is the precise opposite? I.e. what word means on innate inability? Just as an example, ...
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Word that means “sourceless”

I'm looking for a word that means without a source but that is a little shorter and simple than sourceless. Coulnd't find any on Thesaurus. Any suggestions?
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When someone says something in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way for a brief moment

Is there a word that describes when someone blurts out something quickly and excitedly and in a sort of foolish way? For example, the word babble describes the act of "talking rapidly and continuously ...
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The Act of Committing

What is the word for the act of committing? For example, The _ murder is a crime.. Sometimes we programmers say "commit" as in committing code to a version-control database, but that sounds for normal ...
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Drinking alcohol after work

What is an English word for a regular alcohol drinking after work? What is an English word for an alcoholic who drinks after work?
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The pose of a model

Is there a term for the pose when a woman covers her breasts with her hands (like for a photoshoot or movie)?
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Someone who doesn't learn from the mistakes he made

Is there a word or phrase that neans someone who doesn't learn from his mistakes or makes the same mistakes again?
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A more formal alternative for “go with” in the context of food or literature

... or the literature on food. I need a verb for associating things that go particularly well together. Possibly with a wine or French lineage. It is not pairing. Other ideas thrown out are go with ...
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One word for “putting it together”

I am starting a blog focused on software development and trying to come up with some catchy name for it. The theme of the blog should be "putting things together", or to "connect all dots of complex ...
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Prose Equivalent to Poetic

Is there a single word equivalent to poetic for prose? So instead of having a poetic license you would have a "prosetic" license??
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People not admitting when things are going bad

Is there a word for someone who does not want to admit that things are going bad? E.g. when a person does not want to admit that a specific project at work isn't going as planned -- not because ...
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Is there an old, rarely used word which means “an archaic word”?

I seem to recall from my youth, when my vocabulary was many times what it is today, learning a word (started with an 'a' I think) whose meaning was "an old, unused, or archaic word" or something ...
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Single word for shopping after comparing price and features across multiple shops and product types

I'm looking for a phrase or a single word that denotes the act of buying an item after analyzing the price and features of different products across several shops. The closest I could get to was ...
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Is there a word for one side in a pair?

Is there a word for one side in a pair? In a conversation it would the the interlocutor, but I'm looking for a generic term.
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Noun form of 'owe'?

If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following ...
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Descriptive word to describe nonprofit organization

Looking for a descriptive word or phrase to describe a nonprofit organization that includes the essence, values, mission and promotion of social reform. Not a place, or agency, business, but a word ...
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Single word for cast and crew of a movie

What do you call a person that works for a movie? Celebrity comes close, but is that all? I am making a list of people (each and everyone) that worked for a movie. Wondering what the name of that ...
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Formal word for 'emit anal air'?

Is there a formal single word for 'emit anal air'? I've heard 'eructate' being used, but this means air from the mouth only; not from the other end.
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How to correctly say that I will get graduated? [on hold]

I'm going to "get graduated" at second quarter of 2014, and I need to write an e-mail saying this, but I don't know the "correct" way to write that "I will get graduated" this sounds pretty weird to ...
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Is there a single word for date of death?

Since we have a single word like birthday, is there a corresponding term for the date of someone’s death?
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Is there one word for both horizontal or vertical, but not diagonal, adjacency?

I'm trying to describe a grid and I want to say that the adjacent grid square is chosen if it's horizontally or vertically adjacent, but not diagonally adjacent, to the current grid square. I was ...
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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Word/phrase that means “the sound that is produced when objects are being moved by a stream”

Is there a word/phrase for that? Example: I closed my eyes, and listened to the [...] stones.
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Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?

I was writing a bit just now and found myself typing the word "flusteredness", which gets the meaning across but is rather awkward and decidedly non-standard. Is there a more common or natural word ...
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Is there a word for this situation?

Some co-workers of mine from another office play a "question game." I wasn't there for the question, but here it is: Is it accidentally impregnating someone if you know you're trying to get her ...
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What is a term for a form that has been filled out?

Assuming the definition of 'form' as follows (see definition #6 here): "a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted." What could you call a printed document with the blank ...
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Opposite of the suffix -less

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix -less as in stainless. That is, a suffix that means “not free of ...”. In German, for example, there is the adverb “behaftet” and ...
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What do you call an “atheist” who might believe in an afterlife?

Is there a term for someone who proclaims they don't believe in an afterlife but they are not sure whether the supernatural exists? I don't mean agnostic. Atheists don't believe in a deity, but an ...
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...