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4answers
53 views

A word for killing a cousin

Almost every type of killing can be described in a single word such as suicide, parricide, genocide, etc. Is there such a term for killing a cousin specifically?
2
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1answer
34 views

Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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4answers
67 views

A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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21answers
2k views
+200

A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept it. For example, I can't use the ...
2
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3answers
91 views

What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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11answers
2k views
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A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life

Just like one wife man is called : monogamous. Is there any word for one who loves just one girl throughout his life time. For him one life, one girl matters. History has seen such people. Are such ...
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2answers
62 views

“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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3answers
165 views

What do you call a person who dies an honourable death?

What do you call someone who dies for a good cause or an honourable reason? An example would be a soldier who dies while saving his country.
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3answers
364 views

What do you call someone who's fascinated by machines?

See people who are fascinated by machines like computers, cars, bikes, robots. They adore engines, hardware the visual looks for them the smell of it, everything about it. Such people are hardware ...
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10answers
5k views

What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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9answers
935 views

What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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5answers
209 views

One single word for honour killing [on hold]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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4answers
122 views

Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [closed]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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1answer
93 views

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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0answers
26 views

what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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1answer
241 views

“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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2answers
159 views

A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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5answers
909 views

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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1answer
65 views

What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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6answers
163 views

Single word for “this is why”

Consider: Where = here When = now What = this How = thus Why = (this is why)?? With the above, you could answer a question with the word on the left with just the single word on the right as an ...
2
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0answers
27 views

A word meaning discord between the phonology of a word and its meaning? [duplicate]

The word 'lauded' always gets to me, because I instinctively consider it to hold the opposite denotation. Is there a specific word for a word that holds that (completely subjective) quality?
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2answers
561 views

Word for a lighthouse enthusiast

I'm fairly certain I've heard/seen a word to describe someone who likes or studies lighthouses, similar to audiophile for someone who likes music. Does anyone know what it is?
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0answers
36 views

How do you call a full day (24 hours) [duplicate]

Is there a specific word that covers 24-hour time period between 0:00 and 23:59 on a single date? Is there anything more specific than a "day" (which is usually opposite of night, and its primary ...
0
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2answers
85 views

One word for “a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life”

I'm unable to remember a single-word substitute for "a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life"
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8answers
339 views

What is the word to describe something more incredible than being merely incredible?

For instance, Riemann mapping theorem is more than just incredible: merely using the word 'incredible' to describe it is not enough. So, what is more incredible than incredible?
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10answers
863 views

Starts with N ends in O… means Yes [closed]

Just wondering if there is a word (or pair of words) that starts with N and ends with O and actually means Yes (or roughly yes... some sort of synonym). I thought this might have some humorous ...
2
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3answers
92 views

What to call someone who gives as much as he demands? [closed]

What to call someone who (can) give (in return) as much as he demands? Speaking in terms of life and personality. For example, I ask my future partner to be tidy, glamorous, rich, caring, pretty ...
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7answers
571 views

What is the verb to use?

I am looking for the verb or expression to use to describe when you type quickly and nervously on your computer keyboard to find something (on a search engine for instance).
3
votes
4answers
114 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 ...
0
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4answers
182 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
votes
9answers
219 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 ...
1
vote
3answers
163 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
1k 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 ...
9
votes
4answers
970 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 ...
0
votes
7answers
145 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 ...
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1answer
76 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 ...
4
votes
5answers
319 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 ...
8
votes
10answers
934 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 ...
0
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2answers
45 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
69 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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vote
2answers
43 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
votes
8answers
365 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
votes
1answer
107 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
109 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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vote
2answers
83 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
78 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, ...
3
votes
4answers
335 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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vote
3answers
107 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
votes
3answers
231 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
3k 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.