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Unpredictable person

What is an adjective that describes a person who is unpredictable in a negative or potentially dangerous way? I keep thinking "volatile," but I'm looking for a word more cohesive with the description ...
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Is there a word for “false accuser”?

Say I robbed you which makes you angry and then I blame you for being angry even though I caused it. So in a sense I'm accusing you falsely and making you a scapegoat. Is there a single word for what ...
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What's another way of saying “interested in”?

What's another way of saying "interested in"? In my cover letter, I want to say "i am interested in this position..." but I have already used the word "interested" and I want to use another word to ...
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Term for: Simultaneous rare experience/occurrence

I'm talking about a situation where I hear a word, phrase, or telling of an actual experience from one source (e.g., a friend's mouth), and almost immediately hear the exact same word or phrase from a ...
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A single word to describe a young, successful team or organization

My kid's youth soccer club (let's call it Team A) is merging with another club (Team B). I am working on a website banner to announce the merger. Team A has been around for over 40 years and quite ...
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Is there a word for when you run into someone and both of you try to avoid each other and fail, repeatedly? [duplicate]

It has most certainly happened to all of us at least once: Two people walking along the same narrow pathway in opposite directions walk into each other. There is room for both to pass each other, ...
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Word for a person from another race?

I am searching for a word that means 'of another race' to be used in context of a sentence such as, "She was deeply protective to her [of other race], foster children.", "They shunned the ...
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English reference to a work colleague

What do you call someone who does not delegate and tries to do everything themselves
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An adjective for the condition of a used brush

What adjective best describes the weariness and disarrangement that starts to show in your toothbrush when you've used it for some time? Nothing severe; just a little out of shape: It doesn't have ...
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One word noun for a person that is always seeking the truth? [on hold]

Could the word "dogmatic" be used as a noun meaning "a person that is always seeking the truth?" For example, is it valid to say that "Dogmatics had failed at truth seeking"? I am trying to understand ...
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What is a word to describe an action that was not prompted by any special/specific occasion?

For example, you might give a birthday gift or a wedding gift, but a gift that wasn't one of those might be a ______ gift.
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word for sleep-deprived frustration

I'm keenly aware of the feeling - the anger or shortened fuse that comes with lack of sleep. I can't figure out a word for expressing it though... Any suggestions?
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Synonym of 'kangaroo court'

From legal-dictionary.com, kangaroo court is defined as such: [Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial ...
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Is there a word or phrase for this kind of visitation-oriented room?

Let me give two examples: Bank You are a customer in a bank office making a loan. The room might look like a regular office, but really this part of the office is very limited. This part of the ...
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Beneficaries? Meaning (so not beneficiaries!)? [on hold]

Wat is the meaning of the word beneficaries (not beneficiaries!)? Dictionaries are no help here.
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What is a layman's term for "uniform distribution [on hold]

I'm creating an implementation of a Lindenmayer system (L-system) in the Clojure programming language and I'm trying to figure out a name for a utility function which takes a number of arguments and ...
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Is there a nice phrase for 'flaw in the process'? [on hold]

Is there a nice phrase for conveying the meaning that 'flaw in the process'?
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A word for “love of metaphor”?

Does there exist an adjective that can be used to describe someone with a love for metaphors, metaphorical language, and/or symbolis?
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Is there a word that's used to describe when a person takes the words of someone else's and says the exact opposite for comedic effect?

On YouTube, in the comment section of a video, there was an argument and one person in the argument kept saying they "parodied" a sentence in the original comment. But instead of mimicking and ...
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What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”? [on hold]

I often use the literal ("old?") meaning of "awesome" in an equivocation: I smell awesome right now. Then they say: No, you smell terrible. And the punchline comes: I'm using the ...
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What's a word that captures the sentiment of “inside looking outwards”?

I'm attempting to title a paper I'm writing about the traditions of a certain group of people; and my analysis is focused on what these traditions mean to them, and how they see others interpret their ...
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what's the word when you feel like [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the word that best describes the feeling when you feel like you're experiencing the same thing someone else has actually experienced?
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The amount of members of each network {} not comparable [duplicate]

I would say the amount of members of each network are not comparable. But MicrosoftWord says it is "is not comparable" What is right?
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Ignoring God or lack of worship [on hold]

Is there a single word for the act of a believer temporarily ignoring, or failing to worship, (any) God? For instance: "God is becoming vengeful due to your [lack of worship]."
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Word/phrase for when someone places a bet which is similar to your own

If you are making a bet or wager with someone, and you are both trying to guess as close to a particular value as you can (for example, date, weight or similar) then one particular strategy is to wait ...
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Word/phrase to describe a person who always searches to benefit from other people? [duplicate]

What is a formal word/phrase that describes a person who always searches to benefit from other people? It is hard to recall the word in my own language to translate. So I decided to give it a try and ...
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Term for choosing by not choosing [duplicate]

Is there a term for rejecting a proposal by not actively endorsing/confirming/voting for it? Like a veto, but by abstention, rather than active participation. Alternatively, a term for "A choice ...
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A word/phrase for someone who changes the world

For a fantasy writing project,1 I am looking for a title or epithet for a character that emphasizes that the character has changed the world. Either a single word, or a phrase that could reasonably be ...
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1answer
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Word For the Process of Finding Return on Investment

I am told that if I invest $20 in this Apple Stock, in one years time there is a: 10% chance I'll get back $25 10% chance I'll get back $20 30% chance I'll get back $15 50% chance I'll get back $10 ...
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A word for a word describing a property of a list entry

Let's say I have a list like this: PEOPLE Name: Bert Age: 762 Profession: Blacksmith Name: Yvonne Age: 23 Profession: Clown puncher ...
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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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What do you call a person who makes easy things difficult?

What you you call a person that can take a simple, easily understood concept or task and turn it in to a complicated procedure?
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Another word for the source or origin of a derivative

Is there a word that means the same as the source or origin when generally referring to derivation (the process) or a derivative (the end result)? Specifically one that would be textually similar to ...
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Opposite of redundant [on hold]

I'm looking for the opposite of redundant in the following context. "The danger is that we have redundant work executed, but as also xxxx work" so in the meaning of "too less", "we are missing ...
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“Good version” of the word jobsworth

Is there a good version of the word jobsworth? Someone who is hardworking, dedicated, good team worker but not a complete tool about it? Edit. By way of background, for Americans who may not have ...
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When you're the first person to contact

When you're the first person to contact clients/respond to request/ etc, you're "what"? What's the correct word for this person? To be at line of fire ?
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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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Synonym for observee

I'm looking for a synonym for observee, i.e. something that is observed. The word observee doesn't seem be used much, so I would like to have a more common word if it exists. I need to use it in a ...
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Not quite nepotism word request

I'm looking for a word similar to nepotism or cronyism. Here is an example: A man applies for a job through a friend, and gets an interview. The man is then judged completely on his actual ability ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [on hold]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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A word for a military unit still functioning?

I'm looking for a word which is the antonym for a military unit being destroyed or degraded. I considered live, but that has the connotation of a single being. I considered active, but my phrasing ...
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Can [adjective] [noun] ever describe a broader set than [noun]?

In phrases of the form [adjective] [noun], the adjective is often being used to narrow the set described by the noun alone. For example, "red cars" narrows the set of cars to only include ones that ...
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What do you call someone or a group of people who split off from a main group?

What is a single word for someone or a group of people who split off from a main group because they're dissatisfied with its state? I was thinking something along the lines of mutiny, but that's a ...
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2answers
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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A word for this kind of intimate action [duplicate]

When somebody touches you in some sensitive areas of your body, like armpits, "it will make you laugh in some kind of way". When you want to tell somebody that you are not going to touch them in that ...
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Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it?

Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it? For example, is there a word for the congruence of the purpose, structure, ...
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What's another word for “grind thoroughly” or “grind smoothly”?

I want another word for: grind thoroughly or grind smoothly, as in "Help me to grind this pepper thoroughly." i need proper words that could be use instead. I don't know whether you are getting ...
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Word for “code literacy”

Now I'm not certain there is an answer to this, but I was trying to think of a more elegant way of talking about the ability to understand code and programming concepts. It's a relativity new idea, so ...