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Is there a word for “one who has never sinned”?

Is there a word for "one who has never sinned"? I can think of "innocent" of course, which means "free from sin or blame" except that it doesn't include the emphasis on not having sinned ever in the ...
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Alternative Descriptive Statement - Calling something like it really is; both intentionally/unintentionally funny

I'm curious to know if there is a type of speech or name for what I am about to describe... For example, instead of saying "let's go on a night hike," one would say, "let's go stumble around in the ...
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Speaking for the sake of saying something

Is there a word or phrase that describes the act of saying something for the sake of it?
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Shorter, sarcastic way to express “The cook must have made a mistake” [closed]

I'm writing a scene in which a character says, "The cook must have made a mistake," as a sarcastic remark about the quality of the food that was served. Is there another, shorter, way to get across ...
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What is the opposite of procrastination in one word?

I thought of precrastination at first but that appears to be the act of planning to procrastinate.
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What is the word that describes ethical smartness?

Intelligence can be used as a means to deceive and exploit vulnerable people. I believe, however, that proper thinking should always lead to righteous deeds. What is the word that describes the ...
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Something similar to “plepentry envoy”

Long time ago I heard a word that to the best of my recollection is "plepentry envoy" I have googled a few variants, but "pleopentry envoy", "pelepentry envoy" etc. but nothing similar is coming up. ...
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Looking for words or phrases to fit the idea of this form of hierarchy

I'm using text as follows to categorize some information. It goes from the general to the specific much as is done in libraries with books. languages/english/spelling science/biology/genetics What ...
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Is there a word for “25 years” like “bicentennial” for 200 years? Is it “Quadranscentennial”?

I was looking for a word that means "25 years" in the way that "bicentennial" refers to 200 years. Wikipedia suggests "Quadranscentennial", but I can't find extensive use of that. http://en....
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What is the name of something that contains a balance?

Is there a noun that generically describes something that contains a balance that is not the word "account"? Such things can be checking accounts, credit cards, outstanding fines, or basically ...
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Single word for representing a person who guides at right time [closed]

Please help me finding the single word for representing a person who guides at right time (at the time of need).
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What do you call someone who is easy to relate to? [closed]

What do you call someone who is easy to relate to? For example, someone who has been through something you have been through, like similar life experiences.
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What do you call someone whose rights have been taken away from them?

For example, if someone took my right/freedom of speech, by forcing punishments or such. What do I become? Is there one word to describe this situation (where rights are taken away)?
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Is there an inverse word for emissary?

I'm looking for a word which describes a certain relationship. There are two people Adam, and Barry; and Adam sends Barry on a mission for him. It can be said that Barry is Adam's emissary, but ...
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Single word antonym of “censorship”

What is a single word antonym of censorship? Freedom of speech is too long. I would like to be able to contrast it like: ignorance vs knowledge submission vs defiance oppression vs ...
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What is the word(s) for someone who is very particular about the small details of something? [closed]

I am looking for a word or multiple words to describe someone who is very (perhaps even 'overly') concerned about the fine details of something. It could be describing someone who is a perfectionist, ...
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Word for both questions and answers [closed]

I'm preparing for an exam by answering some questions in an assignment, however, I am writing the answers in the same document as the questions. I would therefore like to name that file appropriately. ...
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What's the word for two people who like/love each other but neither one confesses it?

Two people like each other or are in love but neither one has expressed it openly, so they each wonder about the other and consequently frustrations might begin to build... What's that called? EDIT: ...
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A short title for a collection that contains items related to software features and requirements [closed]

I have a list of items that contain terms related to software subsystems and requirements. Here is my list: Archiving Automation Collaboration Customization Performance Publication Regulatory ...
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Single word which means “keep moving forward” [closed]

I need a single word which means "keep moving forward". What are my options? I need word as persevere Be persistent, refuse to stop cognizant (sometimes followed by 'of') having or showing ...
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Can I say 'co-student'?

I want to refer to a member of our lab, who is working with me on the same project, and I was wondering what would be the best term to use. We are both mainly students, but we also work as Research ...
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What is the word to describe “the gaining of full control over an ability or power you already have”?

For example, a Jedi is born with powers, but must learn how to control them in order to use them. What's the one best word for this? I have _ _ _ my power. The word is in the back of my head ...
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Is there a simpler, more poetic term for “the detritus of animal life”?

Forensic scientists collect DNA from cast-off bits of people such as skin cells, blood, and hair. In many magical traditions, such as Voudoun, bits of a person can be used to direct a spell - blood, ...
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Is there a word that means “every four weeks”?

Is there a fourth word in this series: weekly, biweekly, triweekly, ...? If not, and I had to coin a word, then would "quadweekly", "quadriweekly", or some other word be more etymologically ...
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Term for “Every 2 weeks”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any words I can use to disambiguate “biweekly”? Is there a term two designate a frequency of "every two weeks", like "weekly" for "every week".
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What is the word for an applied template? [closed]

The notion of a template is that it is abstract and can be applied to future instances. Is there a word that means an instantiated template? I'd prefer something that specifically refers to the fact ...
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Another word for “apply”?

I'm in the middle of creating a web form, where users can apply for a certain service. In order to do so, they are clicking the apply button. Then they fill out a form and submit it. Later on, they ...
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What is the appropriate word for “following trail” or similar in English?

In this scenario, suppose someone gives me a down vote, for whatever reason. After that someone else comes and sees the down vote and thinks this should be down voted. Another down vote. Another ...
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How does a supervisor in a prison address an inmate in American English? [closed]

How does a supervisor in a prison address an inmate? For example, a relative came to visit one of the inmates, so the supervisor is going to the cell (where many inmates are) and is about to call on ...
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Is there a word for the extreme opposite of “irony”

My understanding of irony comes from the movie "Reality Bites": It's when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning Frequently people use the term incorrectly, ...
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What is the opposite of modal?

Is there a word for the opposite of modal? Particularly, is there a word for the opposite of modal in the logical sense of relating to the modality between propositions? In other words, is there a ...
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The word describing being in a steady & boring situation for long time [closed]

What word describes the situation where you have to stay in a boring condition for a long time? For example when a doctor tells you you have to stay in bed for two days without leaving it at all! The ...
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A word for “to make more concrete” in philosophical context?

I am looking for a verb for to make more concrete. Initially, I chose to practialize but it is not an English term according to ispell. Please, come up with verbs of the same meaning. Example The ...
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Non-pejorative term for 'alcohol aficionado'?

Is there a non-pejorative term analogous to "foodie" but in the context of alcoholic drinks? Everything that comes to mind suggests some form of alcoholism or affinity for binge-drinking. More ...
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What word describes the amount an object is filled to, regarding its capacity?

Given an object that can hold a capacity of something, is there a word which describes the current amount it holds towards that capacity? For example, if an elevator has a capacity of 20 persons, and ...
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Is there a word/phrase/idiom for temporarily satisfying strong feeling of hunger?

Imagine a situation where you've been invited to dinner at a friend's place. You're extremely hungry but you learn that the dinner won't be ready for another half an hour. So you decide to eat an ...
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a word/couple to express eagerness to win

Winning is a thing that is supposed to happen during an event. Before the event, of course, there are many competitors eager to win. I need a nice word or phrase to express eagerness to win — but ...
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What's the verb for 'to form a canonical representation'?

I'd like to describe the activity of turning a set of elements into its canonical (standardized base) form. Some candidates seem to be: canonicalize canonize I'd also like to name the device ...
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Is there a term for simultaneous snow and rain?

I'm from Australia where we don't have so many kinds of precipitation. I'm familiar with these: rain hail snow sleet As I understand it, sleet refers to frozen rain but I'm not totally familiar ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent to the adjective “avuncular”?

My brief researches only bring up the word "auntlike" to render the feminine equivalent of avuncular. Surely, though, and given the etymology of "aunt" [ < Latin amita -father's sister, old ...
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What is the best word for “brain drain” within a company?

I'm writing a proposal for work. For it, I would like a word that describes the concept of brain drain - lots of people leaving the country and taking their knowledge with them - but that is limited ...
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You quench your thirst. What do you do with your hunger?

What is the equivalent of "quench" when speaking of hunger? Is it appropriate to say you quenched your hunger?
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adjective for something bad that one did not deserve

I need an adjective to qualify something bad that one gets but one did not deserve. It's used as following "One single action of hers had freed her from the chains of [adjective] ignominy" I can ...
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A word for passing through a tollgate, turnpike, etc

I'm looking for a noun that describes a car passing through a tollgate; it's this event I'm trying to name. A person going through a turnpike might be similar, I guess. Possible use of word would be ...
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Is there a word for someone who posts a “comment”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you call who writes comments in this board? Commenter or commentator? Difference between “commentor” and “commentator” Why do we say 'commentator' instead of '...
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A word or phrase to say something reminds or hints or brings up another idea

I want to tell that something reminds/hint us of another thing. For example, in an application, a sorting method used in it has similarities to bubble sort but not completely the same. In this case, ...
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What would be a good word to refer to beating an opponent in football (soccer)?

I would like to know a good word to refer to the skill of getting past an opponent with the ball during a match. In Brazil we call it drible, which is close to dribble, but from what I know dribble in ...
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What is the term for “cousin of a cousin”?

My mother’s sister’s son is my cousin; let’s call him “John”. John’s father’s brother’s son — let’s call him Mark — is John’s cousin. Now, Mark isn’t my direct cousin as we don't share any immediate ...
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'Yet' is to 'already' as what is to 'eventually'? Could 'never' do?

I don't know if my title serves well in expressing what I am actually trying to ask, so maybe an example will do better: I have done it already. <-> I have not done it yet. I waited ...
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Word for “the question this one was closed as a dupe of”

Is there a simple term for the question this one was closed as a dupe of other than "the question this one was closed as a dupe of", because "the question this one was closed as a dupe of" is pretty ...