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Antonym of “capital”

What is the antonym of "capital" (in the sense of city of governmental seat)? A related question: is there a term for referring to the whole set of cities that are not the capital within a country (or ...
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Is there a term to describe an event which happens every 18 months?

Obviously every year is annual. Every two years is biennial. Does the English language have a term for every 18 months?
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Using 'generify' to mean 'to make generic'?

Can one use the term generify to mean 'to make generic'? E.g. a software programmer being told: 'generify this segment of code'. If not, what may be a single word replacement of this phrase?
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What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn anything new?

What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn new things and even maybe thinks that this is unnecessary since he knows enough already? An ignorant person?
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Antonym for “Virgin”

What's an antonym for "virgin"? A single word would be preferable.
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Word to describe quality of being a blind study

I'm writing an application that deals with blind studies. What would be the correct term to use when describing whether or not a study is blind? No matter which word I use it always ends up sounding ...
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What is a concise word or phrasing for “in a context without a user”?

I'm looking for a concise word or phrasing for "in a context without a user"? This is obviously in the context of software. More generally, what is a concise way of saying, "in a context without X ...
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A word for someone who never had a mate because he/she has a high standard

Is there any better word than picky?
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A good word for someone who frequents many entertainment outings

Preferably to the extent that it is implied that they're knowledgeable about the goings on of entertainment.
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A single word for a person who suffers great loss

Can anybody give me a single word for a person who suffers great loss as in the context below. The word loser is not appropriate: Mike lost everything after his failed business venture. ...
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Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - what category?

Is there a single-word category for the status Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors? I've heard it called as "batch status" but can't seem to find the right single-word category for it.
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What is a good adjective for something I do a lot?

I think a lot about various things. While not working, I think about something, and this is what I do during most of my available time. What would be a good adjective to describe that. At first I ...
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What is the one word expression for 'wayside grass'?

I knew a word that meant wayside grass in English; but now I can not remember.
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Catchall term for “Junior”, “Senior”, “the late”, “widow”, and the like?

I'm analyzing a bunch of late 16th century Hungarian names, and I need a word for those extra bits that sometimes get appended to names, like junior, senior, the late and the like. My "working title" ...
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Is there a term for “midnight” that is like “noon”

"noon" is the term for the middle of the day, round about 12.00 to 13.00, and "midnight" is from 24.00 to 1.00, at night. "midnight" is just basically a prefix added to "night", whereas "noon" is a ...
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Precise names for parts of a day

I have learnt these words so far, please correct me if I'm wrong: Dawn, maybe 4am–6am? Morning, maybe 6am–9am? The food for the morning is called breakfast. People greet each other Good morning! ...
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Word for resembling the truth

How do we refer to the act of resembling the truth, regardless if it is indeed the truth? Some context: suppose you are watching a film and the story bears a striking resemblance to "real life". ...
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I need a word in the sense of “to category”

I need a word that fits this case: I have a book; and any User may apply some tags to it, like 'dark' or 'happy' [..] Anyway, how would I call this action, using a short term?
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Word meaning contradiction with itself [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English words that are their own antonyms What is a word that is a contradiction of itself? I googled this and I got "paradox", but paradox means: A paradox is a ...
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Word for an experience or entity that is enjoyable with repeated exposure, but not interesting or unpleasant if experienced once or a few times?

I've seen Age like wine to describe this phenomenon, but I'm thinking that there's a single word or a more concise and descriptive phrase for this. I'd appreciate any help.
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What do you call auto parts that are meant to fit specific vehicles and those that aren't?

Some auto parts are tailor fit for one or more vehicles while others aren't. Is there a universally understood name for those two types of parts?
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One word for the ta-daa! pose?

I can hardly describe this, which is why I need the one word. When you shout "Ta-daa!" and throw your arms out at your sides, does anyone have a one-word description for what you're doing? Argh.
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Name of lines drawn to indicate movement?

This is a bit of a cryptic one; I was wondering whether English has a word (or at least a phrase) to describe the lines typically drawn on a cartoon to indicate movement? A good example is the ...
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What is a word that describes a person who has difficulty speaking with girls?

What is a word or phrase that describes "a person who is having difficulty speaking with girls?"
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Term for pronunciation technique

Sometimes there are words that are foreign, and a bit hard for anglophones to articulate. Such as "Dvorak", or "dvelja". When trying to refer to these words in our conversation, sometimes an extra ...
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Word describing a word used to reference a noun previously mentioned

Suppose I was writing this sentence: "John ran, and he shouted very loudly". "He" in that sentence was referring back to John. I am quite sure there is a word describing this referring to a noun ...
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A word for two very different things juxtaposed?

Is there a word for when, say, in an artwork, there are various items that are completely different to each other, or anachronistic? Like, for example, a watch from the 1800s and a Snoopy figurine?
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A night without sleeping

How many ways are there of saying that someone didn't sleep all night? In my country, it can be expressed with just an adjective or a noun; what is about English?
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Is there a synonym for 'fake' that has good connotations?

What's a good adjective to describe a smile which is not genuine, but still has a good connotation? I was thinking of using fake smile, but fake has a negative connotation, which I'm trying to avoid. ...
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That which comes before the “sequel” [closed]

The word "sequel" comes from the the Latin word sequela which means "that which follows" This Latin word is formed of two parts, "sequi" which is "to follow", and a suffix to make it a noun,"-ela". ...
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Hearing equivalent for “speaker”

Let's say there is a conversation being analysed, and the people in the conversation are being divided into two groups: The people who speak and the people who hear. If the people who speak are ...
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Word for the mutual transfer of belongings to their appropriate domains

I'm looking for a word that describes the following situations: A man and a woman are breaking up. Over the course of their relationship, their possessions have become intermingled: a box of his LPs ...
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Female equivalent of “fellow”

If sistren is the female equivalent of brethren, what is the female equivalent of fellow? Words usually paired are: guy/gal; man/woman; boy/girl; lad/lass; brethren/sistren; fraternity/sorority; but ...
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term for a brand run by a company without direct acknowledgment?

The classic example of this in my mind is the relationship between Lexus and Toyota. At least in the United States, Lexus is not presented as "Lexus... by Toyota". From a newcomer's perspective, it is ...
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What is a word or phrase for when an artist cannot live up to his (or another author's) earlier work?

There is a phenomenon when an artist cannot create to the level of his earlier work or another artist's work. He is often compared to the earlier work and can't move beyond the achievement of this ...
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Word for not knowing about something

I would like to know some word choices (can be a noun, adjective,...) for not knowing about something, with a positive connotation with a negative connotation in a neutral way For example, I ...
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Is there a single word for a member of a group who completes a job?

I have a job, for which some people are responsible, say: a, b, c, d and e. If anyone does the job, it is marked as complete. Now let us say c completed the job, so what would I call that person in ...
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What is the word for situation when something was done in most probable way, despite the fact it could go differently by an accident?

For example: on my daily way to work I could trip and hurt my leg accidently, but if I arrive without being hurt, how should I describe it? I arrived _ _ _ ? Luckily or happily are words that seem to ...
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“Sl*t” term for males

"Slut" can have two meanings: an immoral woman, or prostitute a dirty and slovenly woman I would like a term for men that is the equivalent of the second meaning. Is there a term for describing a ...
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Is there a specific word for “jolted from naïveté”?

In the example quoted below, I used surprised with intended meaning "jolted from naïveté", but wasn't satisfied with it. Also, I wanted to avoid implying that discovering the mentioned fact made me ...
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Is there a plural of “metropolis”, not “metropolises”, that would sound better in a less formal register?

I am aware that the plural of metropolis is metropolises, but to me it sounds stilted and to be honest I cannot recall ever hearing it used. Is there an irregular plural of metropolis that would be ...
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What do you call words that look like a negation but are not?

I can be nonplussed (in fact that is practically the ground state of my existence), but not plussed. I can also be indifferent; but if you are different, that doesn't mean you care, either. What do ...
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Word for next step in homologous series

When several things that are successive go in a series, they are called a homologous series i.e. In Chemistry, there is the homologous series of hydrocarbons e.g. alkanes. I am trying to state that ...
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Antithesis of “international”

If "international" is the generic word for anything that is global, what is its generic antithesis? As in: This is an international affair/This is an __ affair. And please, don't give me ...
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Word for “decorated too much”

I'm looking for a word (verb) meaning decorate/embellish too much — in a bad sense — and in particular having the tint of being too much so that something instead of being beautiful becomes fussy and ...
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Which word should replace 'so-called' here?

In another post's answer, somebody used the phrase The company sends out the documents on the so-called 'Despatch Date' and disliked my suggestions of 'defined' or 'term of art' in place of ...
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Opposite of “arrogant”/“having attitude”

Are self-abased and humble both opposite to arrogant or having attitude? What are their differences? What are words for the opposite to arrogant, respectively in a positive, negative, and neutral ...
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What is a word for a question that has no answer because it is seemingly invalid?

A friend of mine posted a riddle on Facebook involving adding money and then subtracting money. It ended with a question asking where $1 went, but the trick was that there was no discrepancy, so the ...
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Is there a term for the direct opposite?

Suppose I have two words, let's take "true" and "false". "False", is the direct opposite of "truth", and is an antonym of "truth". However, the word I am looking for is not "antonym". If I was to ...
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What is a good, short, word to describe a software engineer?

What should I call a person who write software, computer programs ? I know he/she is a software engineer, can I call him/her as "Coder"?