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Ignoring God or lack of worship [closed]

Is there a single word for the act of a believer temporarily ignoring, or failing to worship, (any) God? For instance: "God is becoming vengeful due to your [lack of worship]."
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Word/phrase for when someone places a bet which is similar to your own

If you are making a bet or wager with someone, and you are both trying to guess as close to a particular value as you can (for example, date, weight or similar) then one particular strategy is to wait ...
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Word/phrase to describe a person who always searches to benefit from other people? [duplicate]

What is a formal word/phrase that describes a person who always searches to benefit from other people? It is hard to recall the word in my own language to translate. So I decided to give it a try and ...
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Term for choosing by not choosing [duplicate]

Is there a term for rejecting a proposal by not actively endorsing/confirming/voting for it? Like a veto, but by abstention, rather than active participation. Alternatively, a term for "A choice ...
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A word/phrase for someone who changes the world

For a fantasy writing project,1 I am looking for a title or epithet for a character that emphasizes that the character has changed the world. Either a single word, or a phrase that could reasonably be ...
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Word For the Process of Finding Return on Investment

I am told that if I invest $20 in this Apple Stock, in one years time there is a: 10% chance I'll get back $25 10% chance I'll get back $20 30% chance I'll get back $15 50% chance I'll get back $10 ...
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A word for a word describing a property of a list entry

Let's say I have a list like this: PEOPLE Name: Bert Age: 762 Profession: Blacksmith Name: Yvonne Age: 23 Profession: Clown puncher ...
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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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What do you call a person who makes easy things difficult?

What you you call a person that can take a simple, easily understood concept or task and turn it in to a complicated procedure?
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Another word for the source or origin of a derivative

Is there a word that means the same as the source or origin when generally referring to derivation (the process) or a derivative (the end result)? Specifically one that would be textually similar to ...
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Opposite of redundant [closed]

I'm looking for the opposite of redundant in the following context. "The danger is that we have redundant work executed, but as also xxxx work" so in the meaning of "too less", "we are missing ...
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“Good version” of the word jobsworth

Is there a good version of the word jobsworth? Someone who is hardworking, dedicated, good team worker but not a complete tool about it? Edit. By way of background, for Americans who may not have ...
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When you're the first person to contact

When you're the first person to contact clients/respond to request/ etc, you're "what"? What's the correct word for this person? To be at line of fire ?
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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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Synonym for observee

I'm looking for a synonym for observee, i.e. something that is observed. The word observee doesn't seem be used much, so I would like to have a more common word if it exists. I need to use it in a ...
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Not quite nepotism word request

I'm looking for a word similar to nepotism or cronyism. Here is an example: A man applies for a job through a friend, and gets an interview. The man is then judged completely on his actual ability ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [closed]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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A word for a military unit still functioning?

I'm looking for a word which is the antonym for a military unit being destroyed or degraded. I considered live, but that has the connotation of a single being. I considered active, but my phrasing ...
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Can [adjective] [noun] ever describe a broader set than [noun]?

In phrases of the form [adjective] [noun], the adjective is often being used to narrow the set described by the noun alone. For example, "red cars" narrows the set of cars to only include ones that ...
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What do you call someone or a group of people who split off from a main group?

What is a single word for someone or a group of people who split off from a main group because they're dissatisfied with its state? I was thinking something along the lines of mutiny, but that's a ...
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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A word for this kind of intimate action [duplicate]

When somebody touches you in some sensitive areas of your body, like armpits, "it will make you laugh in some kind of way". When you want to tell somebody that you are not going to touch them in that ...
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Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it?

Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it? For example, is there a word for the congruence of the purpose, structure, ...
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What's another word for “grind thoroughly” or “grind smoothly”?

I want another word for: grind thoroughly or grind smoothly, as in "Help me to grind this pepper thoroughly." i need proper words that could be use instead. I don't know whether you are getting ...
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Word for “code literacy”

Now I'm not certain there is an answer to this, but I was trying to think of a more elegant way of talking about the ability to understand code and programming concepts. It's a relativity new idea, so ...
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What do you call a person who reads other's thoughts [closed]

Need a one word that means a person that can read other from personal experience not like a psychic or a mind reader but like a wise person that knows when someone is lying or not acting like usual. ...
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Word for attending lectures without seeking a degree

I am looking for a word that would describe a person attending all the lectures of a program at some university but without seeking a degree. In the French language we call that an "Auditeur Libre" ...
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A lot of - but not hard - work

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe how something takes simple work, but a lot of it. For example, sorting a stack of documents fits the bill as it is not hard if you had a few, but really ...
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Rankings out of integer and a half?

When giving items a score its not uncommon to restrict values to make scoring easier. For example: I can give a movie a score out of 5 stars using only integers, i.e. 0,1,2,3,4,5. Or I can give a ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: ...
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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Unknown addiction [closed]

If I am addicted to something, but I do not know what I am addicted to, is there such a word to describe that? Is it appropriate to use "unknown" addiction, since I am not aware of it? Is there ...
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Common term for Source & Destination

What is the hypernym of Destination & Source? For example, The information will be verified to fit all relevant criteria at all [source and destination points].
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“To jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence.”

Looking for a single word, or short phrase, in any language, that approximates to that concept: "to jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence." This - if our collective wisdom can find it - ...
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What do you call the area or place where employees clock in or out?

What do you call the area or place in a company or factory where employees or workers clock in or out everyday? I have found that in some hospitals nurses clock in or out at the nurse station. But ...
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hungry is to starving as thirsty is to? [closed]

When someone is very hungry we say he is starving. How to describe someone who is very thirsty?
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Sorted in order of appearance

Is there a single word to describe when something is sorted in "order of appearance"? Bibliographies are often sorted like this. Names of actors/actresses in a movie sometimes are, too. This is in ...
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An adjective that describes written form of something without technical details?

I recently posted this comment on a question in StackOverflow: This is my personal opinion, but I think that this is an advanced enough topic that anyone looking for a reusable solution to cache ...
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What's a single word for a person who doesn't follow the crowd?

I'm looking for a word with a positive undertone to describe a teenager who does her own thing and doesn't cave in to peer pressure. Any suggestions? Thanks. Question edited 1/30/16. Someone ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “knowing what others know/does not know”?

I am looking for a word/phrase that would mean something of the sort "knowing what others (e.g., students) know in a subject". I am looking for a word similar to empathy, which is defined by Oxford ...
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What is an action (in one word) that makes you say “goodbye”?

Is there some verb that represents an action of "saying goodbye" ? Example: When you meet someone, you say hello. When you ____ (with) someone, you say goodbye. When a pair does this it ...
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What do you call a person/thing that is needed to finish the system/project/goals or plans?

What do you call a person/thing that is needed to finish the system/project/goals or plans? Without it/him or her, the system/project/goals or plans can never be finished just like the last piece of ...
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What do you call a murderer who burns their victims alive?

I promise this isn't as weird as it sounds. I've tried a bit of Googling but I can't find anything that works well. I'm looking for a single word for a pyromaniac that burns people alive. The ...
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Word or shorter term for “Possibly delayed”, as in the capacity for unreliable timing

I'm looking for a word or shorter term for "possibly delayed". This is not expressing any probability of a delay, just the capacity to be delayed. The specific usage I have in mind is: the displayed ...
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Term similar to feminist but focused on unfair prejudices against *either* gender?

I hate gender stereotypes and prejudices in general, and I am a definite believer in many so called 'feminist issues'. However, I feel a small minority of feminists have gone too far, past fixing ...
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What is a positive-language-focused term for an attempted solution that didn't work?

There is a quote: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. I'd like to use a term that is devoid of negative connotation for those "ways that won't work". Terms like ...
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Shorter equivalent to (un)replaced

This may be aimed more at developers; but lets say you have a string with a possible variable in it assigned to another variable. $myVarBeforeReplacement = 'some_string_with_{var}'; Then after some ...
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An adjective which means “the father of a bride gives her away”?

What adjective could I use to describe the typical ‘Western’ wedding custom, whereby the father of the bride gives his daughter away? I need an adjective that describes this tradition, in order to ...
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What is a word for a relationship where one party benefits while the other gains/loses nothing?

I'm a programmer and I need a name for this relationship. A bit more elaborate description: I have a banana, a pear and a pineapple in my lap, they all taste equally good. If I add an apple to ...
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What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?

This is for academic writing purposes. I am trying to come up with a word that could indistinguishably describe a bottle or a can within a pack of beer. I cannot say "a unit" because "a unit" in my ...