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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"?
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How to indicate that a word / acronym X will refer to Y in academic writing

How would I indicate, for example, that I am going to use "toms" to mean "tomatoes". Something like: Tomatoes (toms) are red. This is false as some toms are green. I like toms.
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Word for collection of religion's essential writings

I'm looking for a single word to describe the collection of all letters, scriptures and books specific to a religion, something like teachings but with a stronger emphasis on the written aspect.
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'Patriotism' is to 'Country' as _______ is to 'City'

The title's pretty self explanatory! I can't seem to find a word which means exactly this, but I would be amazed if it doesn't exist.
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Is there a term to describe words missing in a document?

The words are supposed to be there but have been left due to any reason. Is there a succinct term to describe such words?
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A word for something you didn't know you'd like

I need a noun that succinctly describes the enigmatic concept of something that, based on your tastes, you would probably like, but didn't know you'd like. Anyone game? Edit: If it can be understood ...
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Word for “distance in time”

I need the correct English word for the German expression (zeitlicher) Abstand. Abstand means "distance", and zeitlich means "in time". The "distance" between building maintenance dates is about ...
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A word for an action that's not illegal but morally dubious [closed]

I am writing an essay on Political Correctness currently, and striving to find a word fitting this description. I want to say that something wasn't nice, but it wasn't breaking the law. It wasn't ...
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British and American slang words for immigrants?

What slang words or phrases do British/American English speakers use for (poor) immigrants?
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A generic noun for something being compared?

I'm looking for a noun to use in place of "comparable object," which would make sense in the following context: Four "comparable objects" were ranked based on their performance in a recent ...
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“True” is to “false” as “truth” is to… what?

If I were to reverse the sentence, "I care about the truth" I would want to say: I care about the false. Is that correct? It seems awkward at best: He speaks the truth! / He speaks the ...
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A word to describe “people I care about”

I am looking for a word that describes people who are important to me or whom I care about. They could be family, friends, or just people I adore. Is there any word for them or anything that comes ...
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What is a less cumbersome way to say “acknowledging of hard work”?

I'm trying to convey in a concise phrase the concept that the management at a company frequently gives praise to its workers for job that are well done.
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What do you call a letter saying that you are amenable of a request?

I am writing a letter to express my acceptance of a request from my employer. Their request is for me to stay longer in the company because the supposed effectivity of my resignation is 30 days from ...
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What's the term for siblings born 1+ years apart on the same day?

What is the term for two siblings born on the same calendar day, one or more years apart? I know there's a term, and I'd know it if I saw it, but I can't for the life of me remember it.
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What is a word that means “belief in the good nature of humankind”?

I am looking for one word that is explained as "the belief in the good nature of humankind". It is not philanthropy or humanitarianism; rather, I am looking for one word to describe one's belief in ...
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Is there a word for refusing to call things by their name out of fear?

Some examples: "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" or "You-Know-Who" for Voldemort of Harry Potter fame Him in the Powerpuff Girls Any of the various monikers for Yahweh possibly "She Who Must Be Obeyed" for ...
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Opposite of “mute” or “silence” as verb

If I said I silenced him during our online conversation or I muted the television what would I use to indicate the reverse event occurred? I've seen unmute used in various contexts, but ...
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Is there a word for side-by-side translations?

A lot of translations are done side-by-side, such as the following example: In principio creavit Deus In the beginning, God created caelum et terram the heaven and the Earth Is ...
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A technical problem here

The term 'technical problem' can possibly be shortened to "technicality" and refer to the same thing. However,I would like to know what happens in this case. We have a word i.e. technology and we ...
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English word for a contest where participants collect items

Well, I'm hoping that the title is self-explanatory. I'm looking for a word (or a Wikipedia article) that describes the type of competition where participants are encouraged to buy more products, and ...
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Is there a word for a person with only one head?

Reading this article by the fantastic Douglas Adams I came across this interesting quote: ‘[I]nteractivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal ...
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“Innocent” vs. “immature”

I'm trying to decide how to describe someone. He is not very wise, but that is also due to his ignorance. Should I use "innocence" or "immature" and can someone please explain the difference between ...
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What can I call the two possible directions on a line (as a category)?

In English, a vector is said to have two properties: a length and a direction. The possible directions correspond to half-lines out of the origin (so that, eg, up and down are different directions). ...
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Is there a way to transform “found” to stand for “things which have been found”?

I can think of use discoveries as the things which have been found. Is there a way to do that by transforming the word found? Like we can say "things which belong to you" as "your belongings".
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Is there a straightforward word for “The thing in between first and second”?

Sometimes when writing I find myself looking for a word to describe something in the “³⁄₂th” place — exactly between first and second. I would like to ask, does there exist an easy expression for ...
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Is it correct to say 'struck an example'?

When teaching people, is it correct to say: 'The author struck an example.' ? Can anybody give me another word used to mean 'give an example' when using examples or parables to teach people.
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What's the opposite of “retaliate”?

What would be a single word to mean: "to do something positive to someone because they have done or said something positive to you", when you want to return the favour with something equal or better. ...
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What do you call those divisions of a book bigger than a paragraph but smaller than a chapter?

In printed books, or at least in novels, there are often major breaks within a chapter more important than paragraphs. Often they are separated by a greater amount of whitespace than paragraphs and ...
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Does British English have a word for dry, starchy savoury snacks that are not fried slices of potato?

Everyone, the world over, enjoys savoury snacks, particularly dry, starchy ones. Far and away the most popular kind in the Anglosphere are the ones made from deep-fried (sometimes baked) thinly-sliced ...
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What would you call someone who needs to watch the news every day?

My friend claims there are people who have or are perceived to have some disorder where they must watch the news every day or they feel very agitated. Disregarding the truth of such a claim, what ...
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Alternative to “separately from”?

I want to say something like: The system stores the crazygonuts data separately from the data feed. I think this is wrong (maybe I am wrong in that), but I'm not sure exactly why. One ...
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What would be a single word to mean: repeatedly re-choose one of two options alternately?

Words like 'dither' or 'vacillate' both suggest being unable to choose between A or B and never choosing either. Is there a word that means 'chooses A, then goes back on their decision and chooses B, ...
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How to tell if anything has some technical problem and therefore not working

How to say that something has some technical problem and is therefore not working "Bus is not working" but that suggests the reason why the bus is not working.
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Word for whether a product is genuine or sham

What word should be used to fill in the blank? We don't know whether a product is genuine or sham means The product's __ is unverified.
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What is the opposite of “to stink” (v)? Is there one at all?

Specifically I'm looking for an antonym of the infinitive rather than the noun. For example, "fragrance" is an antonym of "stink" (the noun), but you can't say "Wow, that fragrants" or "Wow that ...
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Single word for “mixed metaphor”

Mixed metaphors are usually speech mistakes by people, and are very amusing. Here are a few examples.Is there a single word for denoting mixed metaphors?
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“Vision” is to “visually”, as “hearing” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses Hello. If I want to say my project has great graphics, I say it is visually stunning. Now, what would I say, following a similar format to ...
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Word for something that is modified

I am using the word modifier to descrive something that modifies something else. What word should I use to describe what is being modified? For example, in the sentence, Fat John ate slowly ...
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What do you call the additional paper used during exam and homework?

When doing exams or homework, one might need some extra paper to make a rough sketch, before writing his solution into another paper that must be turned in. The extra paper does not need to be turned ...
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What overarching category do “street,” “road,” “avenue”, etc. belong to?

Apple belongs to the category of Fruit. What category do street, road, and avenue belong to?
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Suitable description for this type of sentence

Lyrics from The National's Ada Ada don't talk about reasons why you don't want to talk about reasons why you don't wanna talk Is there a word for the structure of this sentence - for me it ...
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What's the appropriate word for describing “potential client”?

I want to replace a phrase "this client will eventually bring a great profit for our company" with a shorter one, but I don't know what word I should use in this scenario. I'm currently using ...