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Word for “good smell” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A positive alternative to “smelling” to describe something with a pleasant odor What do you call a smell that is good? I've been wondering this question since childhood. ...
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A word or phrase describing “cheap talk” or “cheap issues”

Cheap talk like a kind of talking back of actors'/actresses' lives or an interview about their secret lives in some popular magazines or cheesy show off like reality shows you can find in TV channels. ...
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Somebody who is kind, yet hard, but fair

A person who speaks kindly. Sometimes she might be hard, but fair. What is an adjective to describe such person?
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What's the shortest word that can stand for “to leave a legacy”?

The idea is to represent the concept that while an individual's life is finite and accumulated knowledge or wisdom will disappear after death, the result of one's actions can make a difference for ...
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Is there a word to refer to “changing TV channels”?

I wrote the following sentence: As if she had just realized it was there, she grabbed the remote control from the table, turned on the TV, and changed the channel to the news. I'm not a ...
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Is there a verb for 'to make heroic'? Something like 'heroicised'?

As per the title, is there a verb for 'to make heroic'? Something like 'heroicised'? EDIT: For example, talking about how an author elevated a character to heroic status.
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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even ...
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Description of physical labor

Looking for a phrase that means putting your back or muscle into a task, like rowing. Is there another word for "it", as in "put your back into it"---is there another way to say it, such as "leaning ...
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Ruining something for someone else (spoils of war?)

Lately I've been thinking of a saying that describes the following: Ruining something for someone else, for the sole purpose of it not being useful any more to the other party, even though you do ...
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What is the term for young adult male/female (aged 18 to 25)?

When writing a book and referring to a female and male aged 18–25, what term would be most appropriate? Boy and girl seem too young, whereas man and woman seem too old. Example sentence: A ...
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What do you call a person who does not take risks (or who does not like taking risks)?

I want one word which best suits a person who does not take risks (or one who does not like taking risks).
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Term for a snort that is almost a laugh

Is there a term for a snort that is almost a laugh (as would occur when looking at a meme in a public space or any situation where something is humorous but it is not acceptable to outright laugh)?
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Is there a term for grammatical mistakes as a result of trying too hard?

Today, I learned the term hyperforeignism after writing that I was drinking a latté and then stopping to wonder why I was putting a diacritical mark on the "e". This reminded me of other language ...
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An adjective meaning something that is firmly held aloft

I've been racking my brain and I can't seem to think of an adjective that means "firmly held aloft". For example, a weathercock may be firmly held aloft at the top of a pole. A sign may be firmly ...
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Someone who comes across as “airheaded” but is really quite the opposite [closed]

What is a word for someone who comes across as "airheaded" but is really quite the opposite? I will add that the person is not deliberately trying to act stupid, they just come across that way when ...
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Word or phrase for premeditated act of self defense

Consider a scenario where a person is forced to act and attack a person who they consider to be a threat even though there has been no display of such threat. I am talking about sensing danger and ...
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A person who chooses one of two opposing sides of an issue [closed]

Is there any single word for a person who chooses one of two opposing sides of an issue?
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what is the difference between 'similarity to' and 'similarity with'?

I think of expressing that two things are similar by using the word of similarity. I know I can say 'A bears some similarity to B'. Can I also say 'A bears some similarity with B'? If both are ...
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What is an adjective for a very large negative number?

A number that is very large (but not infinite) such as 1,000,000,000,000,000 could be called huge, enormous, large, big, gigantic, etc. A number that is very small such as 0.000000001 could be called ...
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“Majority” is to “plurality” as “minority” is to what?

This analogy may not be quite accurate but I think I can get my point across with it. I was reviewing some obesity statistics: Obese: 35.9% Overweight but not obese: 33.3% Neither overweight nor ...
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Term to represent “prejudice against ugly people” or “favouritism towards beautiful people”?

So, I have been noticing (disturbingly of late) that there is a lot of favouritism being shown towards beautiful people in all walks of life. One of the most visible of such fields is all forms of ...
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Female equivalent of “bachelor”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the word for an unmarried female? What is the word for an unmarried female? The above closed question is unanswered as bachelorette implies both unmarried and ...
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What is it called when I see another person in the mirror when there is only me [closed]

Sometimes when I look into a mirror, I see a vague vision of a woman standing behind me and when I turn my head she's gone: there is no one. I don't think the word is haunted because I don't believe ...
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Word for a person whose vocabulary is very limited (as in like 100 words) [closed]

Is there a word for a person who hardly knows English as in like 100 words, but pretends they are an English major?
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Hypernym for “clients”, “members” and “partners”

We're building a feature for a website and trying to think of a hypernym for clients, partners and members so that the feature remains generic enough for re-use later on other websites.
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Word for survival probability between ages

What is the term for the odds of someone dying by a given age if they are already some age? For example, the odds of them living to 100 if they are currently 90, or the odds of living to 60 if they ...
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2answers
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Monthly or One month

I am offering membership of my web page and now I have these: One Month Semi-Annual Annual Lifetime I am not sure about One Month, maybe I should write Monthly? Do these ...
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Word for “nuance” of movement

I understand the word nuance means a very slight/subtle difference specifically applies to meanings, sounds, colours, feelings, and expressions. But what about movements, is there a word that denotes ...
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Is there a term which covers ATM cards, credit cards, and debit cards?

I work in accommodation for international travelers, and people can pay with various kinds of cards: In some countries such as USA, credit cards are very common, but debit cards are not so common. ...
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How do you say “hands-on experience” with this technology to an interviewer?

Generally, I would tell an interviewer that I have "hands-on experience" with this technology, by which I mean that my experience in this field is very limited, but quite efficient and knowledgeable. ...
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What is the word for “trappy”?

Suppose a person has been accused of doing something wrong and a cunning policeman is questioning him. Suppose the police is asking questions in such a way that it is very likely that the accused ...
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“Government by [two/three/many persons]” is to “[diarchy/triarchy/polyarchy]” as “government by simple majority” is to what?

The government by ... ... two persons is called "diarchy," ... three persons is called "triarchy," ... many persons is called "polyarchy." So, my question is, is there a word to define the ...
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Is there a special word for amounts between 11 and 20?

Translation is often tricky. I'm stuck with the Polish word kilkanaście, which literally means few-teen. It is used to describe an amount more than ten, but less than 20 (or including 20, it's hard to ...
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Single word for denoting “various divisions of the day” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the category name to describe “day”, “night”, or “dusk”? What would be the hypernym for the various divisions of the day such as morning, noon, evening or night? ...
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Word for a male that prefers female companions (no slang such as “pimp”)

I am looking for a word describing a man who has a lot of female friends, and who prefers female friends. I was "Wikipedia surfing" (going through Wikipedia pages and clicking on links found within ...
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In the order of (what most people have recommended) [closed]

I asked three people to list the items that they think are most important for something. PERSON A PERSON B PERSON C Item "aaa111" Item "bbb222" Item "bbb222" ...
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Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?

I'd like to find such a word instead of saying "greater than 10 but less than 100".
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What do you call people who are constantly moving [i.e., “in motion”]?

Moving here does not mean moving to a new city or something like that. I am talking about the people that just can't stay at one place. It is impossible for them to sit put at one place and relax.
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A word for a person who is made a villain by their circumstances, not necessarily by their actions

I was watching the movie Leon: The Professional. The protagonist, Leon, is a hitman — not somebody we traditionally sympathize with. The antagonist is a crooked DEA agent, pretty despicable ...
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One word for “any way around it”

Let us say I frame a sentence as follows: Is there any way around this problem? I want to convey the feeling that bypass, or trick without actually using the problem, without actually dealing ...
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Term for the identification of the person speaking in a dialogue

Consider the following piece of dialogue: Peter: Hello, Mary! How do you do? Mary: Hi, Peter! Fine, and you? What is the term for the part in bold, the specification of who is to speak a ...
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Synonyms for “extra-”

I'm looking for prefixes similar to extra- in the sense of 'outside of'. I'm attaching it to "mathematical" and in its context "extra-mathematical" or "extramathematical" can be misread as "very ...
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What do you call a person who always has a pleasant smile on his face?

What do you call a person who always has a pleasant smile on his face. Is there anything better than calling him a "Pleasing personality"?
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Word to describe things that run after each other [closed]

Is there a word to describe tasks that need to "run one after the other"? My current choice is sequentially, but feel there is a better word.
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Is there any word for the upper inner part of a sock?

I was about to answer a question on this thread, and I wanted to refer to the inner upper part of a sock. Something like this: Put a small label inside the inner upper part of your socks. But ...
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Architectural term for places where water is used

Is there an architectural term for places where water is used? If you wanted waterproof flooring for rooms with faucets, drains, etc., it seems like there would be a term for such places so you ...
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Suitable word or phrase to replace 'unique' when something is almost unique?

I have this sentence as part of an abstract Verification of space weather forecasts presents some unique challenges compared with other types of forecasts. I go on to detail briefly what those ...
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Concise phrase for “former employees' tasks” [closed]

I'm looking for a short, snappy alternative word/phrase meaning "person who has left the company". I have very limited space available (20 characters) for a label that conveys (in prose): List ...
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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Adjective for “a person who really suffers when it is cold”

I am looking for a word to describe a person who really suffers when it's cold. Let's say, cold is not their cup of tea. And (maybe) with a nuance that they are over-sensitive. John is so [the ...