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4answers
89 views

Fitting word for “subject to physics” or possibly “subject to laws”

Is there a fitting word that means "subject to physics" or possibly "subject to laws"? It seems to me that I must have read such a word somewhere but I simply can't dredge one up. Ex: Any passengers ...
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82 views

“corollarily” or equivalent?

A corollary in mathematics is a useful side-effect (with other related meanings, but as it pertains to this question, that's the relevant definition to keep in mind). I want to use the word ...
5
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9answers
183 views

An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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3answers
87 views

Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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7answers
374 views

What's an adjective that means “has high expectations”

If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use? "Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's ...
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4answers
922 views

What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...
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6answers
100 views

A word for someone who occupies a position

Is there a lexicalization for someone who holds a position, for example, in a company, in the army, in an organization, etc? All of the relevant __ should be promptly contacted and updated. ...
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1answer
58 views

Specific AmE term for chiefly BrE “workmate” other than “fellow worker”, “coworker”, and “colleague”

Is there a close synonym in modern day AmE for what is referred to in BrE as a workmate? Aside from being current, I wish I could get a term that is idiomatic with no space or hyphen, that would sit ...
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5answers
286 views

What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
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10answers
856 views

Word for energyless-ness

What's a single word that can connote the concept of (or something similar to) "energyless-ness" (which, as far as I can tell, is not a word). This is meant to be used in the context of burnout. When ...
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2answers
40 views

Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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2answers
63 views

Geopolitics *and* economics?

What word or concise phrase in English covers international politics and economics? My Merriam-Webster defines geopolitics as "politics, esp. international relations, as influenced by geographical ...
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2answers
37 views

Term for a quote's 'author' or 'creator'

I am looking for the correct term to describe a quote's author or creator. For example, the quote is: If you are going to go through hell, keep going. The quotee/quoter/author(?) is: ...
3
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8answers
351 views

Term for something similar to vetting, but when a decision is not necessarily involved

Whats the term for profiling someone or doing background research on somebody before you meet them. A reference to the behavior is Gary Walsh in the TV show VEEP where he whispers seemingly random ...
2
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1answer
96 views

Is there a term for an “obvious” but not “accepted” compound?

This question is inspired by the question of whether there is a single term for the sports surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. I think many native speakers would read this question and think ...
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1answer
80 views

Slightly different meanings of “National” and usage

I'm a programmer and I have to name some columns in a database. It's about sports competitions. I have to classify the leagues and competitions in two properties. One of them is if they are national ...
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2answers
76 views

Term for paying beyond the contract limit

I am looking for one word for situation explained as under: We (My Company) have a contractor. His contract amount is $ XYZ per annum. As the year ended he was already paid an amount "beyond ...
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2answers
68 views

Vocabulary: an event, usually an unplesant one, that might or might not happen

I kept searching for an English word whose definition I remember, but not the specific term. I have searched but cannot not find it. This is the definition: an event, usually an unpleasant one, ...
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2answers
153 views

Hypernym for “import” and “export”?

What word could describe an operation of either importing or exporting? X is to import and export as migration is to immigration and emigration. Porting isn't the word I'm looking for, I don't ...
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3answers
88 views

I need a word encompassing the meaning of free from something

Suppose I have a work to accomplish today, but I am not in the mood to finish it. I need the word to comprehend all these ideas. The sentence to be put in would be like "Request to free me from the ...
3
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3answers
190 views

Single word for “faraway places”

I'd like to know whether there is a single word for "remote, distant places" in no allegorical sense, but with a positive undertone.
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20answers
2k views

Single word for “going along with the crowd”

What is a word to describe the behaviour where you do something because everyone is also doing this, to the point where you do it without any clear reason.
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1answer
80 views

Hypernyms for restaurant dishes

Suppose I classify dishes in a restaurant menu. I would like to classify them by two categories: Category 1: entree main course dessert etc. Category 2: meat fish vegetables cheese etc. ...
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4answers
961 views

Is there a word meaning “my child's spouse's parents”?

If I am introducing someone to my daughter's husband's parents can I say "Hi, I'd like to you meet my ___". In-laws would not work here because they are my child's in-laws not my own. Is there a word ...
2
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8answers
413 views

Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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1answer
38 views

Anachronistic equivalent for regional disparity [duplicate]

Is there an equivalent term to anachronistic when referring to regional disparities between concepts rather than chronological ones?
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3answers
240 views

Term that means making humans look inanimate

Keeping personification as a related (yet opposite) concept, is there a term that means "to give humans lifeless or inanimate appearance"? For example, in a recent photo shoot, the photographer ...
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3answers
110 views

Looking for two terms from law vocabulary

I'm looking for two technical words used in law: Someone who accepts the law, they will try to do the best things in any situation. The opposite of number one, they reject any law and at every ...
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4answers
240 views

What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?

For instance, if someone says to you, "I like cake," and you reply, "I like to take care of my body," your response is a passive-aggressive way of implying that they don't like to take care of their ...
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4answers
2k views

Word that means “to make look like a bad thing/force”

There is a word (I think in ends in -ize) that means “to make seem like an an evil thing or force.” For instance: The author __ the axe to foreshadow its usage in the coming tragedy. What is ...
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6answers
1k views

A word that defines shy, but in a positive context

I'm looking for a word that describes shy and reserved, but not to portray weakness or one that has a negative connotation. Being shy and reserved as an executive doesn't fit well for career ...
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0answers
90 views

Theatrologue: what are peoples' opinions on the use of this word in English? [closed]

I often edit texts that have been translated from Slovenian language and it is common that the Slovenian word teatrolog gets translated into English as "theatrologist", a word to which I find I am ...
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16answers
2k views

A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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5answers
730 views

Is there a single word that means “cause(s) of death”?

It seems like this word exists, but maybe it's because I know it in another language (non-Romance) that I thinking it exists. I'm drawing a blank on it. I'd like to write a sentence that says "He ...
3
votes
1answer
252 views

Specific vocabulary for making someone laugh by rubbing their underarm with finger

To make someone laugh, we sometime rub his underarm with our fingers in a way that makes him feel restless and then he starts laughing. My question is: What is the specific vocabulary in the English ...
0
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1answer
72 views

A word similar to handicap/slack

I'll start off with an example for context. Two race car drivers race for the fastest lap time on track X in identical cars. Racer A finishes before Racer B, however it was discovered afterwards ...
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3answers
207 views

When you open the windows in the house in order for fresh air to come in?

I just cannot find this in any dictionary. How is it called in English when someone opens the windows (and/or the door) of a house in order to let the fresh air come in? Please note that I'm ...
2
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4answers
965 views

A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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4answers
106 views

One word for limited or piecemeal benefit

I'm writing a paper on data strategy for large corporates. In this paper I define 4 levels of maturity on the path to a Google-like nirvana state where corporate, client, user, and other data is ...
1
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3answers
987 views

What noun means “the state of being intrigued/amazed by something”?

What noun means "the state of being intrigued/amazed by something"? For example, the state of being poor is poverty. Is there such a word for being intrigued/amazed?
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5answers
498 views

word for false nostalgia

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for things that never existed? For example, a 1950s-style diner is supposed to reconstruct a cultural archetype, but there never existed such a diner. John Wayne ...
1
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1answer
112 views

Correct translatation of the German word “Folgeverhalten” in the technical domain of control feedback systems

I have asked various online dictionaries about the translation of the German word Folgeverhalten. At these dictionaries it is translated as "subsequent behaviour" or "following behavior". I am in ...
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2answers
516 views

Is there a word for start and end of a time period? [closed]

Is there a word used to describe the extremities of an arbitrary time period? The word "weekend" refers to the end of a week, but it's limited to the week and it only describes the end, but not the ...
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3answers
333 views

Is there a word like cardinal or ordinal but for the “single, double, triple” series?

The words one, two, three, and so on are the cardinal numbers. Similarly, first, second, third, and so on are the ordinal numbers. Is there a similar term for the words single, double, triple, ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

Word for inexplicable physical discomfort?

A while ago I saw a photo of a lotus seed that scarred me for life. Now whenever I see the picture of a lotus seed or something that even has a similar pattern I feel uneasy, shudder and get goose ...
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votes
5answers
373 views

Word describing 'not content with small achievement, but working hard to achieve higher level'

I am looking for a single English word which describes the mental quality of being not content with small achievement, but working hard to achieve higher level. For example, an artist who is not ...
10
votes
3answers
681 views

Word for “parents with children who have moved out”?

How do you call someone, or someone's point in life when their children moved out and they have more time, or are willing to make riskier career choices?
5
votes
5answers
896 views

One word for the act of being born?

Is there any one word for the act of being born? The closest things I could think of are: I was born I come to life She is giving birth to me I'm interested in knowing if there is one word to ...
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votes
2answers
300 views

What is one word for “more or less equal” [closed]

The want to convey the meaning of a phrase "more or less equal". The quality being compared is skill. For example: we are more or less equally skilled to code.
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3answers
880 views

First appearance of a ghost after a person's death

In the ballet Giselle, the title character dies at the end of Act 1. One wouldn't generally describe her ghostly presence in Act 2 as the result of a resurrection, because that implies that her ...