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A different sort of antonym for Schadenfreude?

Schadenfreude is the joy or pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. What is the word for the feeling of discomfort derived from witnessing the misfortunes of others?
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What is the hypernym for “next” and “previous”?

I'm looking for an umbrella term for "next" and "previous" so that I don't have to call my programming methods "NextPrevious". Is there a hypernym for the two?
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“Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?

Is there an equivalent word to "side" when speaking of the front or rear of something (e.g. a car)? So, a mechanic might say: You damaged your wing-mirror? Ok, which side? ... or... You ...
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Word for people who don't make their deadline

What is the correct word to describe the people who have not finished their work after the deadline? For the antonym, there is finisher, but I can't find *unfinisher in the dictionary.
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Word for compact, parenthesis-writing style: A (B) is x (y) for A is x, B is y

In English, is there a word to describe the compact writing style in the example below? The highest (lowest) recorded temperature was 20°C (5°C). meaning The highest recorded temperature was ...
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What word best describes a “living hell” [closed]

I am looking for a word (or a phrase for that matter) to describe a "living hell". The word I am looking for should describe a situation that people would usually want to give up. To put things in ...
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Word for a strong election win that grants a candidate a referendum [closed]

I'm in search of the word that describes the strong referendum that a candidate receives upon a strong election win that grants him or her vast leeway in enacting policy reform. I can't quite get it; ...
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What is a less ambiguous word for “confuse” in context of describing two similar things?

What is the most natural way to express "confuse" in the sense of "unable to tell apart" as in following sentence: John always confuses the twins and is never able to tell them apart. I don't ...
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“Change” for the future? [closed]

Is there a single-term for the Change or Update for the future? I am currently developing an application where the user will add an entry with an effective date but I am having a difficulty labeling ...
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2answers
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Term for attempting to appear intelligent or refined by taking unpopular opinion

Is there a word or concise term for attempting to appear intelligent or refined by taking an unpopular opinion? I'm not sure how to best describe this concept. The best term I can think of at the ...
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Is there a word for “wild animals that aren't afraid of people”?

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe wild animals that are not afraid of people. I don't believe that tame fits, as it seems to be the opposite of wild. Domesticated doesn't fit either. For ...
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Simple English for “filling hunger”

I'm looking for a (preferably) one-word term to describe a meal that's filling. I'd like to avoid ambiguity with the substance put inside cakes, also called filling. Satiating appears to be too ...
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Word or expression for comments that are technically correct but unhelpful

I think all programmers among us will be familiar with this scenario. You spend several days writing some code and submit it to be tested by someone else. The points that they return, though valid, ...
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3answers
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Word whose form is contrary to its meaning?

Is there a word for a word whose form is contrary to its meaning? For example, "quotidian" is anything but quotidian.
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4answers
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Synonym with positive connotation for “peeping through the door”

She peeped through the door asking for permission to enter. Does peeped through have a negative connotation? If so, is there a better word or phrase to be used in such context?
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Word for “a person who quickly gets interested and quickly loses interest”

I have googled but didn't find. "A person who gets interested in anything very quickly and loses interest in it sooner." What is such a person called?
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Is there a word or expression for a small crush on someone?

I am not very sure if the word crush ("an intense and usually passing infatuation") can be used between two strangers. For example, a man sees a beautiful woman for the first time in his life. Could ...
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7answers
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Is there a word to describe indecisiveness between two things? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a word/idiom for ‘unable to decide’? Is there a word to describe indecisiveness, specifically between two things? I tried online dictionaries, but did not find ...
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What is the name for a person who raises turkeys?

Some agricultural professions have specific names assigned to them. For example, a person who raises sheep is a shepherd and a person who raises cattle is a rancher. What would a person who raises ...
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Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”

I'm looking for a word (or expression) that is a hypernym of coalition and opposition. I want to be able to ask a party whether its "type", for lack of a better word, is coalition or the opposition ...
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1answer
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Substituting special characters or numerals for letters/word parts

Is there a word or phrase to describe a substituting a dingbat, special character or number for a letter or portion of a word? Examples: The Chicago Bulls successfully achieved a 3peat. "In ...
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3answers
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Painting term for the reflective lighting of a surface?

In oil painting especially, I believe there is a technical word for the light that's reflected from one surface onto another (in the scene that's being painted). For example, if there's a reddish-...
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2answers
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Gentle scratching

My wife uses her nails to “gently scratch” our 3-year-old son’s back for ~15 mins right before falling sleep. He likes it a lot. There’s a word škrabkať  in my native language (Slovak), and I was ...
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Is there a single word that can be defined as “the ability to provide (fiscally)”

I thought 'providence' might work, but it doesn't seem to quite fit the bill. The sentence I'm trying to complete is: "Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home, and [word-goes-here]."
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What is the opposite of organic (food)?

The word inorganic is patently inappropriate for describing food, even if that food wasn't produced in a manner consistent with organic farming. Wikipedia points this out, but doesn't really offer an ...
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Word for “held up well over time”?

Is there a word for the quality of something "holding up well over time"? For example, some blockbusters from years past have special effects that are still fairly good when compared to today's ...
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3answers
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Word for a part of a wooden railroad track

I'm looking for a word for the thingy that's in the blue circle - ideally something not too complicated for a 3-year-old buddy. :)
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1answer
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Single/other term for “regular customer”?

Is there an English single term for a regular customer who, because of always buying from the same seller, acquires a discount from the seller and might also treat their relationship as a friend. In ...
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One word to describe the meaning of life? [closed]

I'm writing some literature, and I'd like to grab the reader's attention in the first sentence by asking what is the meaning of life. Except, I'd like to know the best word (or short phrase) to use to ...
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3answers
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What's proper English for 'experimentee'? [closed]

What is the English word / phrase for things / persons that are experimented on? I think of experimentee but I believe there may be more common words.
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To either revive or kill something

I'm wondering if there's a word out there for me. I think that a clever use of a prefix would do as well. So, to revive means to make alive, and to kill means to make dead. Is there a word that means ...
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6answers
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Friendlier way to express you paid for a person's drink/dinner and expect it to be paid back

In Dutch we have the word voorschieten. In English it translates — according to Google Translate — to "advance, lend, disburse". The Dutch word voorschieten is used in an informal setting between ...
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Word for “cinema with a single screen”?

I usually say multiplex for a cinema with more screens. What word can I use to refer to a cinema with a single screen? Monoplex? Singleplex? Is there a word other than single-screen to describe a ...
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Term for a person who can read but cannot write

I'm looking for a term to accurately describe a person who can only read but cannot write. While I'm primarily concerned with people who have never learned to write, I would also be interested in any ...
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8answers
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What is the opposite of “skyrocket”?

I recently came across a situation where something was decreasing rapidly. My friend was led to say: The price of fuel has really skyrocketed downwards lately. Something about this statement ...
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Word to mean “iterations that are different”

I'm trying to find a word to complete the following phrase: The experiment went through several [blank]s prior to the final design. I'm simply trying to say that the experiments went through ...
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2answers
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Is there a term for referencing the main character in a first-person song?

Is there a specific word for the protagonist when the singer sings from the protagonist's point of view? For example, in the song "Two Is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls: I remember what you ...
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1answer
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Word for anachronistic elements in design style as a function of cultural adoption [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A word for a symbol which has outlived its origin Ok, messy title. Sorry, but I have a memory of reading an article (possibly on Boing Boing) that mentioned this word. ...
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“The author is by Katherine Patterson” — what is the term for the error in this sentence?

I am marking some student work and one of the sentences was The author is by Katherine Patterson. What is the term for the error in this sentence?
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Looking for a word for concealment of faults

I'm looking for a word for concealment of faults. In this case, someone has a specific fault and actively, purposefully hides it from others, going out of their way to conceal these faults from ...
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2answers
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What is the word for an epiphany brought about through an object?

I heard this on the radio probably a decade ago where someone was talking about an epiphany he experienced through a glass of milk. He said very distinctly that there was a form of epiphany which was ...
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5answers
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What is the word for the opposite of “preferred”?

Non-preferred sounds clunky to me and words like alternative, I feel, don't convey the sense of "the set of things I really don't like". Edit: Perhaps the context will help. In this version, I've ...
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What is the right word for converting slides into pictures? [closed]

I'd like to know the correct word for converting PowerPoint presentation slides into a PowerPoint slideshow which consists of images of the original slides (so that the contents does not shift when ...
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3answers
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A real-word synonym for the non-word “trustedness” [closed]

I always thought that trustedness was a word, but apparently it isn't. What's a real word that means the same thing, namely the quality of being trusted? Note that this is a different meaning from ...
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Word for “non-unpleasant”?

What would be the expression to describe making something "not unpleasant"/"less unpleasant"? Specifically, not making it pleasant (adding comforts) but minimizing the expected discomforts. Let's say,...
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1answer
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What to call a person who replies to your comment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? In a conversation, if person A replies to person B, what do we call A and B? EDIT: Sorry ...
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2answers
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Adjectives to describe the word “questions” [closed]

I'm writing an ad for yoghurt. It's about telling the truth about the consumer's new favourite flavour. I would like to say, You'll need to answer some _____ questions. They're personal ...
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Term for “a pattern that repeats once induced”

For example, let's say that I went to sleep one night at 5:00 am. Out of exhaustion, I would most likely sleep until the late afternoon. Since I woke up so late, I wouldn't be tired until very early ...
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What are questions like “why did the chicken cross the road” called?

What are questions like Why did the chicken cross the road? called? I want to know if there is a particular term given to these type of questions.
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Synonyms for “Inspect”

We have software which currently has these menu items: Map, Talk, Inspect, Analyze, Report, Team. We realize that the word Inspect word is not clear enough for most people. We have all the raw data ...