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A word for an action that's not illegal but morally dubious [closed]

I am writing an essay on Political Correctness currently, and striving to find a word fitting this description. I want to say that something wasn't nice, but it wasn't breaking the law. It wasn't ...
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British and American slang words for immigrants?

What slang words or phrases do British/American English speakers use for (poor) immigrants?
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A generic noun for something being compared?

I'm looking for a noun to use in place of "comparable object," which would make sense in the following context: Four "comparable objects" were ranked based on their performance in a recent ...
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“True” is to “false” as “truth” is to… what?

If I were to reverse the sentence, "I care about the truth" I would want to say: I care about the false. Is that correct? It seems awkward at best: He speaks the truth! / He speaks the ...
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A word to describe “people I care about”

I am looking for a word that describes people who are important to me or whom I care about. They could be family, friends, or just people I adore. Is there any word for them or anything that comes ...
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What is a less cumbersome way to say “acknowledging of hard work”?

I'm trying to convey in a concise phrase the concept that the management at a company frequently gives praise to its workers for job that are well done.
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What do you call a letter saying that you are amenable of a request?

I am writing a letter to express my acceptance of a request from my employer. Their request is for me to stay longer in the company because the supposed effectivity of my resignation is 30 days from ...
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What's the term for siblings born 1+ years apart on the same day?

What is the term for two siblings born on the same calendar day, one or more years apart? I know there's a term, and I'd know it if I saw it, but I can't for the life of me remember it.
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What is a word that means “belief in the good nature of humankind”?

I am looking for one word that is explained as "the belief in the good nature of humankind". It is not philanthropy or humanitarianism; rather, I am looking for one word to describe one's belief in ...
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Is there a word for refusing to call things by their name out of fear?

Some examples: "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" or "You-Know-Who" for Voldemort of Harry Potter fame Him in the Powerpuff Girls Any of the various monikers for Yahweh possibly "She Who Must Be Obeyed" for ...
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Opposite of “mute” or “silence” as verb

If I said I silenced him during our online conversation or I muted the television what would I use to indicate the reverse event occurred? I've seen unmute used in various contexts, but ...
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Is there a word for side-by-side translations?

A lot of translations are done side-by-side, such as the following example: In principio creavit Deus In the beginning, God created caelum et terram the heaven and the Earth Is ...
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A technical problem here

The term 'technical problem' can possibly be shortened to "technicality" and refer to the same thing. However,I would like to know what happens in this case. We have a word i.e. technology and we ...
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English word for a contest where participants collect items

Well, I'm hoping that the title is self-explanatory. I'm looking for a word (or a Wikipedia article) that describes the type of competition where participants are encouraged to buy more products, and ...
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Is there a word for a person with only one head?

Reading this article by the fantastic Douglas Adams I came across this interesting quote: ‘[I]nteractivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal ...
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“Innocent” vs. “immature”

I'm trying to decide how to describe someone. He is not very wise, but that is also due to his ignorance. Should I use "innocence" or "immature" and can someone please explain the difference between ...
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What can I call the two possible directions on a line (as a category)?

In English, a vector is said to have two properties: a length and a direction. The possible directions correspond to half-lines out of the origin (so that, eg, up and down are different directions). ...
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Is there a way to transform “found” to stand for “things which have been found”?

I can think of use discoveries as the things which have been found. Is there a way to do that by transforming the word found? Like we can say "things which belong to you" as "your belongings".
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Is there a straightforward word for “The thing in between first and second”?

Sometimes when writing I find myself looking for a word to describe something in the “³⁄₂th” place — exactly between first and second. I would like to ask, does there exist an easy expression for ...
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Is it correct to say 'struck an example'?

When teaching people, is it correct to say: 'The author struck an example.' ? Can anybody give me another word used to mean 'give an example' when using examples or parables to teach people.
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What's the opposite of “retaliate”?

What would be a single word to mean: "to do something positive to someone because they have done or said something positive to you", when you want to return the favour with something equal or better. ...
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What do you call those divisions of a book bigger than a paragraph but smaller than a chapter?

In printed books, or at least in novels, there are often major breaks within a chapter more important than paragraphs. Often they are separated by a greater amount of whitespace than paragraphs and ...
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Does British English have a word for dry, starchy savoury snacks that are not fried slices of potato?

Everyone, the world over, enjoys savoury snacks, particularly dry, starchy ones. Far and away the most popular kind in the Anglosphere are the ones made from deep-fried (sometimes baked) thinly-sliced ...
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What would you call someone who needs to watch the news every day?

My friend claims there are people who have or are perceived to have some disorder where they must watch the news every day or they feel very agitated. Disregarding the truth of such a claim, what ...
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Alternative to “separately from”?

I want to say something like: The system stores the crazygonuts data separately from the data feed. I think this is wrong (maybe I am wrong in that), but I'm not sure exactly why. One ...
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What would be a single word to mean: repeatedly re-choose one of two options alternately?

Words like 'dither' or 'vacillate' both suggest being unable to choose between A or B and never choosing either. Is there a word that means 'chooses A, then goes back on their decision and chooses B, ...
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How to tell if anything has some technical problem and therefore not working

How to say that something has some technical problem and is therefore not working "Bus is not working" but that suggests the reason why the bus is not working.
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Word for whether a product is genuine or sham

What word should be used to fill in the blank? We don't know whether a product is genuine or sham means The product's __ is unverified.
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What is the opposite of “to stink” (v)? Is there one at all?

Specifically I'm looking for an antonym of the infinitive rather than the noun. For example, "fragrance" is an antonym of "stink" (the noun), but you can't say "Wow, that fragrants" or "Wow that ...
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Single word for “mixed metaphor”

Mixed metaphors are usually speech mistakes by people, and are very amusing. Here are a few examples.Is there a single word for denoting mixed metaphors?
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“Vision” is to “visually”, as “hearing” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses Hello. If I want to say my project has great graphics, I say it is visually stunning. Now, what would I say, following a similar format to ...
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Word for something that is modified

I am using the word modifier to descrive something that modifies something else. What word should I use to describe what is being modified? For example, in the sentence, Fat John ate slowly ...
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What overarching category do “street,” “road,” “avenue”, etc. belong to?

Apple belongs to the category of Fruit. What category do street, road, and avenue belong to?
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Suitable description for this type of sentence

Lyrics from The National's Ada Ada don't talk about reasons why you don't want to talk about reasons why you don't wanna talk Is there a word for the structure of this sentence - for me it ...
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Synonym for “half-ass”

As in: Don't half-ass this project or I'll fire you. I don't want to half-ass this project or I'll be fired. I half-assed this project and was fired.
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What is the word for when members of the same group attack each other?

I've noticed this in a few South Park episodes, so that's what I'd like to give an example from. I'm sure other artists have depicted something similar. Note that I'm not necessarily agreeing with ...
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To contemplate one's navel for cosmic significance

I don't know if this is a real word, but when I was in high school my teacher had a Word-a-Day vocabulary calendar. She read us a word one day with a definition of "To contemplate one's navel for ...
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Term for “avoiding reality”

Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive ...
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What is the antonym of “blank” in “a blank sheet of paper”?

Say, you have a sheet of paper. It is blank. I begin to write on it. It's no longer blank. But then what it is? I have tried the usual sources for antonyms but came up, well, blank.
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Professor what is it? [closed]

Email: Dr. Elbert Ainstein, Dear sir I have read everything you ever wrote. blah blah.. Your paper on so..more blah... I wish to study at your esteemed blahblahb.... Yours Sincerely, Beststud ...
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What is the correct word for “dependee”?

What is the correct word for "dependee"? In other words, what is the word for something that is depended upon? The relationship here is in the context of software engineering
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What is a suitable word to describe a place where two rivers meet?

I've googled for a while and on some sites I've found the word "watershed" as the proposed word. Is it the word that best suits it?
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Suggestions for a word meaning both testimony and reminder?

What is a word that means both testimony and at the same time reminder?
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Not quite “strawman” — a word for stating a non-believed proposition?

[Begin video clip]"The Earth is flat. You can walk from here to there and you never start tilting." [End video clip] "So it might have appeared to people at one time..." [Discard rest of hour-long ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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Term for 'baby-talk'

So many newly-weds have this practice of calling one another ridiculous but affectionate names i.e. honey-bunch, or 'bunny-boo' etc. Is there a single-word term for this practice?
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A word for 'a series of events'

I'm trying to find a word to describe a series of events. For example, the revolution in Lybia consists of a series of chronological events. I want to say 'development', but that seems to refer more ...
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Term for partially abbreviating names

Is there a name for the tabloid media practice of part-initializing, part-abbreviating people's names? E.g. Jennifer Lopez -> J-Lo, Robert Pattinson -> R-Patz and so on.
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Opposite of anthropomorphise

To anthropomorphise is to ascribe human features to something, such as an animal. Is there a word that means the opposite, namely to deny a feature exists in an animal because it is assumed to be ...
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A word for the meaning of “abuse of the authoritative/political power”

I need a single-word for the meaning of "abuse of the authoritative/political power".