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Word that means “periodically purged” or “cleansed by fire”

What is a word that means "periodically purged" or "cleansed by fire"?
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How to best express synchronous/asynchronous in layman's terms?

I want to express in a description of personalized language instruction that some activities are synchronous, i.e. require a person-to-person meeting in realtime (e.g. in person, telephone, ...
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Closed -> Closure, Open ->?

Am I right in assuming that the word closure is derived from the word closed? If so, I would be interested to know the name of this procedure and what it yields when applied to the word open. My ...
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Word/phrase to mean something that just happens once

What is the word/phrase to mean something that just happens once? For example, I have often been told/expected to do this and not to do that. I become aimless and gradually lose the idea of who ...
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What's the noun for typical human behavior in a disaster?

In disaster scenarios, such as citywide power outages or massive blizzards, people often flock to gas stations (for generator fuel) or clear out supermarkets. One might call this "common sense". I ...
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Word for application that is both sender and receiver

I am developing a software application that acts as a sender as well as a receiver. What is a single word for this? This is a peer application running on two different machines, sending data to and ...
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Two single word (if possible) each to describe two different Leave types [closed]

There are two scenario as follows: Person who receive "Leave Credit" when attending some events. Person who "Request Leave" when they want to take time off. I was thinking of using "Credit" to ...
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What is the sponsored party called?

Google results for sponsee have scattered definitions in unreliable sources, so it does not appear that is a real word. I'm looking for something similar, a single word. The specific context is a ...
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How to describe the smell of fish

Some fish such as blue fish have a kind of strong smell. What words (noun, adjective, etc) can describe specifically this kind of fish smell? Stench seems to mean any smell that is unpleasant.
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Word for “to make changeable”

What is a verb meaning to make changeable or to make variable? For example, Though normally his opinions were final, a recent stroke had ___ed his mind. When group policy changed, a ton of ...
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Which is the word that means neither “believer” nor “atheist” but somewhere in between?

What word means neither "believer" nor "atheist" but somewhere in between? The word starts with the letter 'A', I tried "agnostic" but according to my instructor there is another one.
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What word would you use to describe someone who tries to one up everything you say?

What word is appropriate for someone who tries to one up everything you say? For example: Me: "You are a great friend" Person: "Well, you are my best friend"
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What is the name of combination, in error, of similar or related words? (E.g.: segueway)

Is there a technical term for combination, in error, of similar or related words? This question is prompted by the following malapropism or solecism, from an article by Elizabeth Montalbano in ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “to capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) Is there a word, preferably not from the realm of computer programming, that means the opposite of "to ...
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Term for reference to ambient surroundings when creating a work?

Is there a term in English (or borrowed from other languages) that describes the moment wherein an author mentions what is happening whilst creating the work one is reading? As an example, consider ...
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What is the term for police officers in command positions?

Members of the military who hold command/leadership positions are referred to as "officers." The same is true of firefighters. However, when it comes to police, the term "officers" refers to all ...
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What do you call a definition in which some (but not necessarily all) criteria must apply?

This is an algorithm for deciding whether a patient suffers from a specific disease or not: A patient has rheumatoid arthritis if at least four out of the following seven symptoms are present: ...
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Is there a better term for 'low-level?'

In computer programming, low-level means something used as a base upon which to build more complex mechanisms. To the untrained ear, I think the term might imply inferiority, which is simply not the ...
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Word for journey to mastery

I'm looking for a word that sums up one's journey from beginner to master in any given field. Let's say there's a pianist who practiced from childhood 10 hours a day for 20 years to become a master. ...
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What's the term for when a word is said so many times it sounds weird? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long? If you say a certain word enough times, it starts to sound/feel different. I had ...
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What would you call a person being coached? [duplicate]

I am looking for an intuitive one word description for somebody that is being coached, as in enjoying the services of a coach. I am thinking of something analogous to the oft used mentee as somebody ...
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What word can fulfill the most parts of speech?

I know there are several parts of speech: Noun Verb Pronoun Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection There might be others as well. Sometimes a word, depending on how it is used, can ...
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Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince fiasco

"If I'm having lessons with you, I won't have to do Occlumency lessons with Snape, will I." ''Professor Snape, Harry — and no, you will not." "Good," said Harry in relief, "because they were a ...
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What is it called when words are deliberately spelled incorrectly but pronunciation is kept unchanged?

For example, Night -> Nite Through -> Thru The -> Da Though -> Tho Nite even appears in some dictionaries as having the same meaning as night. What is it called when words are ...
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A person you have a relationship for only business

In a piece of software, what would I call a person you have a relationship for only business in real life. He/she is not your friend and you are not working in same place. For instance, you are ...
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What is an adjective that means a person that easily trusts others?

I'm looking for a word that could describe a person who is very gullible and easily trusts people. My specific example is Fortunato from Edgar Allen Poe's story: The Cask of Amontillado Edit: the ...
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What's a word like “disregard” or “bypass” that means “hides”?

Imagine that someone skips a step, with the hope that the audience will never know that it existed. I was thinking extends or circumvents. I'm not sure if these words are on the nose; I am looking ...
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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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Word for person who doesn't want to hurt others' feelings

What is a word for someone who has a hard time denying other people's requests and who speaks politically correctly because he will feel guilty making someone feel offended?
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A single word describing a person who is impossible to live with

Is there a single word describing someone who is impossible to live with because of their bad manners? Such as in the example: 'John, my housemate, has terrible manners; he's an awful person and ...
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A single word for this type of question

What is a single word used to describe the following question in the following scenario: John comes in from the supermarket having not brought the jam and his brother says to him: 'Why didn't ...
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Female equivalent of “creator”?

Female equivalent of "creator"? Or is it unisex? I'm a programmer and I named a variable "creatingFunction", which sounds even worse than "creatorFunction".
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Is there a single word to describe a combination of a projected video and a live stage performance?

We're developing an entertainment module for a conclave. The format agreed upon is this: an audiovisual is projected on the screen, but is punctuated by live performances on the stage. For example, a ...
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Word for “Click or Tap”

I'm writing a game that will be deployed on both web (mouse-based environment) and Android (touch-based environment). I would like to say, "click here" (but that doesn't make sense in a touch ...
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What is a one or two word phrase for “Social Media following”?

I am writing an application and need to find a short way to describe a shared group of people who follow certain aspects; for example, hashtags in Twitter or fans of certain pages on Facebook. I had ...
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Word for “all the groups an item belongs to”?

To expand on the title slightly: all of the groups to which an item belongs directly or indirectly? That seems to make "parent groups," my first choice, ill-fitting. The key concept here is ...
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Is the expression 'more alike' awkward or does it work in an interface?

I want to create a button on an interface that will show me more items (cars) of the same kind (or similar in characteristics). I was thinking of 'more like this' but this is a bit too long and the ...
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Word for opposing sides in a war

What word would I use when describing two opposing sides in a war? Assuming I want to refer to them in a manner similar to the following: Comparing/contrasting the ____'s of the war. Using ...
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What noun describes a redundant phrase like “temporary pause”?

The phrase temporary pause is unnecessarily long; just 'pause' is enough. Does a simple noun exist to use to describe this type of usage? 'Redundant' or 'wordy' are good adjectives but I can't ...
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Word for when a country has a huge rich/poor divide, so people are deprived despite the prosperity

Examples of such countries are India (they have immense wealth, despite the pictures of the slums) Romania (only good jobs are in criminal gangs) Where the country has riches, but the people there ...
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Word meaning “compellingness”? [closed]

I just came across a situation where a word meaning "having the quality of being compelling" would have been useful. The sentence was along the lines of: He argued his case passionately. I think ...
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Term for piece of music without voice

We call a piece of music with voice a song. What do we call a piece of music without voice? We sing a song but play a XXX.
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Is 'Sold Count' a good term

I am writing a technical document, and in it I want to refer to the number of units sold for each product. I want to make it concise, and 'sold count' comes to mind. Does this term sound right? Are ...
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Is there a term for a self-fulfilling sentence?

I am wondering if there is a term for sentences that describe what the sentence accomplishes. For example, the phrase "I'm warning you." The sentence simultaneously does the warning and says it is ...
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Is there a name for adjectives that are based around someone's name?

Some examples would include: Shakespearean Christian Mesmerized Pavlovian Newtonian Boolean Darwinian
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What term to use instead of “Company” to represent, well, a company

I'm in the process of (re) designing a software product, and I'm attempting to find the right term to use. Right now, our product has been targeted at a few different industries that operate on a ...
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What is the proper adjective for the UK?

I've heard Ukonian used, and I must say I rather like it, but I don't think it's a fully accepted word yet. British leaves out Northern Ireland.
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Word/expression for how adults address children

Prompted by this question, what's a good word/expression for an adult adopting childlike speech/mannerisms when dealing with an infant? I mean where the adult speaks in an exaggeratedly "sing-song" ...
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What is the male equivalent of an alice band?

An "alice band" is so named, after the one worn by Alice in Lewis Carroll's stories. Is there a male equivalent, to describe those worn by men with long hair (e.g. David Beckham)?
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Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group

The word brethren would generally be used to refer to a group of people which have something making them an integrated unit. To exemplify my point in case: The Catholic Brethren... My college ...