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Word for person always after what he does not have and not cherishing what he has [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Term for “constantly unsatisfied soul” Is there a word for a person who is always after what he does not have and does not cherish what he has? If not, any ...
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Most accurate word for coercing an action or behavior from someone?

Alice has a sensitive secret about Bob. She threatens Bob that if he does not act a certain way, she will reveal the secret. What is the most accurate term for Alice's coercion? Blackmail is related ...
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What is the male equivalent of “damsel”?

Is there a male equivalent of "damsel" ? damsel (dam·sel) Pronunciation: /ˈdamzəl/ noun archaic or literary    a young unmarried woman. (from OxfordDictionaries.com)
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What is a word for “about to burst out laughing”?

Is there a word that can describe this facial expression? ("about to burst out laughing")
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What word means “inspire towards action”?

I've seen inspire mean two things, To be inspired to go out and make a difference To be inspired, and feel good about something. Is there a better word to refer to the first definition? I want to ...
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What do you call the sound produced when baying?

Hounds tend to "bay" rather than "bark". When a dog barks, you can say "he let out a loud bark". In a similar construction emphasizing the hound-ness of the creature, can you say "he emitted a loud ...
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To retroactively create?

Is there a verb that means "retroactively create"? For example: John wanted to retroactively create a relationship with his estranged father. I'm not looking for a word that means ...
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Not “schadenfreude”, but related?

I'm thinking that there must be a word that means, rather than "feeling pleasure in the misfortune of another", "the pleasure of feeling superior to another". This certainly seems (at least) as ...
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Is there a word for a rookie computer programmer? [closed]

I'm looking for something like "greenhorn" or "neophyte" that applies specifically to writing code. Does this word exist?
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Is there a single word to express the idea of “remove from existence” [closed]

I'm writing a simple application which will remove any trace that I was ever at a PC. (Not for nefarious reasons before anyone asks - I do a lot of temporary work at client sites and when I leave, I ...
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Is there an English word for the Japanese オブジェ?

The Japanese word オブジェ means something like “avant-garde sculpture”, it does not apply to things like classical sculptures or 18th century busts. Most modern art sculptures are called オブジェ by Japanese ...
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Word for one who does not eat onions

Is there a single word for someone who does not eat onions? I remember having heard this word somewhere but do not remember it now.
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What's a word for avoiding a question with a generic (fake) answer?

Examples... Q: Why is the sky blue? A: Because God made it that way. (A kid to their parent) Q: Why do I have to clean my room? A: Because I said so. What is it called when someone ...
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How do I say something “contains a lot of content” using a single word?

How do I say that something "contains a lot of content" with a single word? Is there an English word for this statement? something — may be a text, an article, a blog post contains a lot of content ...
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Word for “library staff member”

I'm looking for a word to indicate a member of a library's staff. The obvious choice, librarian, is not appropriate, because it refers to someone with a specific degree, usually in Library or ...
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Word for the product of a challenge

What is a word (noun) that describes the object created or produced when a challenge is met? For example, I might challenge a group of people to create either a poem, a painting or a photograph ...
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How can I describe a person who does not get to the point?

When a person talks about something, s/he doesn't get to the point but starts with a pun, intending to let us figure out its purpose. Someone told me I could use reserved to describe that person, but ...
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Is there a word to describe an irrational demand? [closed]

For the longest time, I have been searching for a word to describe irrational demands. Any ideas?
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Is there a word or an expression that describes the bad mood caused by bad weather?

"Gloomy" comes to my mind naturally for God knows what reason. I'm not sure it's appropriate or not. Maybe some even better words or expressions?
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What adjective describes incorrect assumptions?

I wanted to apologise for making incorrect assumptions in some correspondence and wrote "I apologise for my presumptive wording". Then I looked up "presumptive" and see it means: Providing a ...
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Is there a collective term to describe “coffee” and “tea”? [closed]

Any term to describe both of them — coffee and tea collectively? I wanted to call it beverages but that also includes drinks outside coffee and tea. Also, I could call it hot drinks but that would ...
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What do you call a person who loves to sit in front of the computer?

Be it surfing the net, doing work, playing games, what do you call such person who loves to stick in front of the computer? I know of some word like netizen and cybernaut but mostly they are ...
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What do you call a person who gets hungry easily? [closed]

Is there a word to describe a person who gets hungry easily? If there is, are there any antonyms for it?
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What's a more formal name for a “third” party?

Two parties are trying to resolve some dispute that involves interest of both. Sometimes it's hard for them to reach an agreement on a fair basis. This is typically when another party who has no ...
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Word for feeling conflicting emotions simultaneously

I've been trying to think of an adjective that expresses having two (or perhaps more) conflicting emotions or opinions simultaneously. Can anyone think of one?
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Word meaning “before sleeping”

What is a word that means before sleeping or before bed, like how postprandial means after dinner?
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Another word for return undamaged

May I know if there is a single word that can replace the word "Return Undamaged" or "Return in Original form"? Details Jack borrow a item from Joe for 10 days. After the last day, Jack return the ...
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Is there a word or phrase for 'shared accountability that leads to collective inaction'?

When a group as opposed to an individual is responsible for a job or task, and as a result the task does not get performed because everyone assumes that someone else will do it. Is there a word or ...
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What is the male equivalent of “mistress” in formal English?

The mistress definition, Oxford dictionary a woman having an extramarital sexual relationship, esp. with a married man I am looking for the male equivalent of 'mistress' as defined above. Some ...
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Can you call someone who chooses to quit his/her study in college an alumnus?

Oxford Dictionary of English on alumnus: a male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university Oxford Dictionary of English on dropout: a person who has abandoned a ...
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Collective word for food and drink

Is there a word that best describes food and drink taken at the same time? I've thought of refreshments and consumables but neither seem right to me.
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What colloquial word is used when you don't remember a word but you want to use something for it?

I checked some dictionaries and found out the following words to be used for objects whose names are forgotten: whatsis, whatchamacallit, thingummy, dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doohickey, ...
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Is there a word that describes when you are unable to remember the word you want to say?

I vaguely remember seeing this word years ago, it started with "log-". I want to know what this word is because I have this problem all the time (as many others do), where the word I am thinking of is ...
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A word for an experience that must be lived

I believe that I had read the definition for a word that was described as an experience that must be experienced in order to be understood. The example was parenting in that you cannot Simply read ...
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Are there different noun forms of 'complex' and 'complicated?'

There are subtle differences between complex and complicated. As far as I can tell, though, they both merge into one noun form: complexity. Merriam-Webster has an entry for complicatedness, but that ...
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What’s the right term for “expensive things that have no real use”

The rich people buy many luxury things like expensive cell phones, gadgets with brilliants, bags made of snake skin and other such things. They buy it in order to separate themselves from the “crowd” ...
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What is the acronym for a minor in a subject at a university?

I'm filling out a resume and need to list my education. For my bachelor's degree, it's just "B.S. Whatever", no problem. I also have a minor. What is the acronym that I should use for this?
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Word for situation in which there is no alternative

What is a word to describe the situation in which there is no alternative or something cannot be helped? I am looking for a neutral word, similar to impotent, instead of the slightly negative ...
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Adjective for “choosing not to speak”

What is an adjective that expresses someone's choice to speak up (or to stay silent)? Nothing required her to go into the details of the assault. But she wasn't XXX. She stepped forward and gave a ...
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Term for type of mask [closed]

What is the term for this? In my language we have a special word for it, not just mask.
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What is the correct title for someone who gives podcasts?

I'm looking for a word analogous to "blogger," but for someone who gives podcasts. "Podcaster" doesn't seem correct - the only thing I can think of is "host of a podcast." Is there a single word that ...
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“Bride” is to “bridal” as “groom” is to …?

Instead of taking a bridal portrait, my niece and her fiancé had photos taken together which she insisted on calling groomals. While I guess this term is the accepted name for this new trend, I ...
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What word best represents “academic status”?

I'm working on a project for a college that involves students who have done poor academic work, and I'm looking for a way to succinctly describe the various academic status codes that these students ...
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Term for check-in location

What is a general term for a check-in location? Specifically this is a location where people can be assigned. They include offices, deployment areas, staging areas, site-locations, warehouses, ...
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Word for “number of times a value is copied”

I am looking for a single word for "the number of times a value is copied". Context: My company makes software for plant breeders. Breeders do observations on plants and when they create a new ...
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What is the word for “making something proper”

I am thinking along the lines of "normalize" -- something like proper-ize. -- UPDATE -- In one of my comments, I presented an example... a disorganized mess (for example, a cluttered desk) that ...
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Term for guest’s obligations to host

I encountered the word in an X-Men comic once: One person makes a show of the effectiveness of this weaponry but is unable to use it because of the presence of Magneto. He informs him that ...
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Request for an idiom (if any) or an expression that describes the following phenomenon

I've been doing some data mining experiments, and something really weird happened one hour ago in the experiment result, and just now something similarly weird happened again. I'm trying to think of ...
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What is another word for 'all round' capabilities?

I am looking for a positive, passionate word to describe the all-round capabilities of a person. Are there any words better than 'all-rounder'?
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Synonyms for “to place on top of”

Is there a succinct verb for the act of putting something on top of something else? I'm looking for something more vivid than a simple put or place. I xxx'd the letter on the pile of bills.