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A adjective similar to ominous

In education, teachers may use the term "the district" when referring to the school district. It often has a negative connotation. An example may be: "I heard 'the district' is going to cut all of ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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Formal, scientific or mathematical word describing the discrimination between “multiple-choice” and “single-choice”

For example; I am constructing a web page that asks two questions. The first question is titled Marital status: from a list of choices; there can be only one. The other is a multiple-checkbox ...
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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
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To reduce to nearly nothing (to make negligible)

Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :) Example sentence: About the delay between two ...
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Word for a person that is being taken advantage of financially / leeched off

In English there is the concept of somebody who is a 'leech', and takes advantage of a second person's resources or generosity, financially or otherwise. What word or phrase could be used to denote ...
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One-word “rotatable, translatable, scalable” [on hold]

I've run into a scenario where I want to describe something that can be rotated, translated (moved around) and scaled. However, calling out all those words in sequence is just ugly. Example, "The ...
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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Is there a word for a deep conversation with a formal friend? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe that feeling you get when you're in a deep, meaningful, personal conversation with a person you're usually distant with.
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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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What is the word for “purposely standing in place”? [closed]

What is the word for "purposely standing in place"? Here is an example: You won't move from, say, a spot in the snow without outside help. You're basically stuck there until someone makes you move (...
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Noun describing the property of being tricky to reason about

I am looking for an English word that would describe, for a concept, the property of being tricky to reason about. Something that does not fit naturally in the mind and causes us to reason incorrectly....
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What word goes between anticlimax and climax?

From my undestanding of those two words : Climax : point of highest tension in a drama. Anticlimax : Something which might have seem like a climax at some point is finally very trivial. I am ...
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Word for having a gentle joy for being diligent?

I'm looking for a word that describe a person for having a gentle joy for being diligent. For example, a person spends their time and effort to learn a new word every morning. He does that because he ...
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What do you call a person who counts the favor he has done for you?

Sometimes he/she rubs it in your face. What do you call the instance of this action? What do you call this action?
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What is a word to describe someone who enjoys interacting with children? [closed]

What is a single word to describe someone who enjoys interacting with children, or/and is good with kids?
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word for “make money off of an event or situation/use situation as an opportunity for personal gain”

I'm looking for a verb that has a similar meaning to monopolize, but in a different context. Specifically, a word that means to make money off of an event or situation/ to use the situation for ...
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As teacher is to student, research guide is to what?

If X is Y's research guide, Y can say "X is my guide." So how does X say in one word" Y is my ..... ? A clarification - In my part of the world, in an educational context, a guide is someone who is ...
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Word for “transforming a certain form of energy into a useful and desired form”

I'm looking for a word that describes the act of transforming a certain form of energy into a useful and desired form. It's for a research project in which we are researching the transformation of ...
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word for "for one's own survival'

In a novel I am writing, one of the characters wishes to express her change in feelings towards another. “I’m not asking for her sake, but for ours,” I say honestly. A few days ago, I cared about ...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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What do you call a sibling who keeps calling 'mom?'

That younger sibling who shouts 'mom' when you tease them. You hit or about to him/her and he/she yells 'mom' or 'dad.'
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Word on the tip of my tongue :(

This word is a common-ish word, and it has been on my mind all day. It's really frustrating to keep attempting to find out what this word has been alone, so I decided to just ask others here. The ...
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word for an intense look

I'm looking for a word for an intense look to replace "gaze" in the following context. I look at Adaneene with resignation; I shouldn't have expected anything different, but instead of looking at ...
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Alternate for “ruled out” [closed]

I am seeking an alternate for the expression "ruled out" in this context: "Show yourself!" Mac demands, in a loud whisper. While he wants to attract Adaneene's attention, he doesn't want to be ...
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What are you doing when you say “ok”? [closed]

If someone gives you a notification, like you have to do something, or you have to go out and get some thing, and you say "ok". What are you doing? Would 'acknowledge' be the proper word to describe ...
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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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When part of an object becomes the name for the whole [duplicate]

Is there a word to describe when a part becomes the name for the whole, particularly in a jargon sense? For example, a door to door salesman at the end of the day might talk about how many "doors" he ...
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An English word that means “Unable to go to work due to injuries or sickness”

Contrary to what I would expect, there's pretty much no article with this words other than online automated dictionaries (which I don't find truthworthy). So far I have found Laboral Inhability but, ...
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A phrase or a word for saying a nice thing just for its sake

Context: Suppose you are thinking of doing a task long due for quite some time, and you decide to do it today. But then, someone else also tells you to do it, and you want to say that you were also ...
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Spicy-hot and temperature-hot single-word-request?

'Hot' has more than one meaning. Is there a separate word for hot when talking about spicy food supposed to temperature-hot? As it is awfully confusing when talking about Indian food. In Indian ...
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Single-words for at-least and at-most

While naming each operator in a programming language, the comparison operators came up, and there's no obvious name for two of them. = Equality Operator ≠ Inequality Operator > Superiority ...
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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Word for “a way of choosing the guy to do the horrible job.”

In the aftermath of a party, a few friends are to decide the guy who will have to do the cleaning. They play a game, any game, like rock paper scissors, to decide who has to do the cleaning. The one ...
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What is a word to describe something which cannot be broken down any further?

I don't want to use the word elemental, nor axiomatic, as both terms are already defined and in popular use. Anyway, the way I want to use the term is not to describe the part, or type of part itself,...
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What is a word for “returning a feeling”

"You don't have to remind me of that every time, son. This isn't our first mark, and it won't be our last," Dr. Evans replies. Rhea understands what this is now. It's how Dr. Evans imagines it will be ...
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Tabular format vs?

If this is tabular format: Column1 Column2 Column3 ------------------------ Cell11 Cell12 Cell13 Cell21 Cell22 Cell23 What is this called? Column1 Cell11 Column2 Cell12 Column3 Cell13 ---...
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Word for “takes over” in context of thought

I'd like to know a word meaning "take over" when it comes to one's mind. Tonight, a dream that's not hers takes over her mind in a way that she can't push it to the background.
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What is the problem that gets worse after you try to solve it?

Example sentence - This problem is a _____ which gets complicated every time you try to solve it. Is there such a word that represents a problem which will become worse if/when one tries to solve it?...
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Word/Phrase when you've identified a grand, but sort of irrelevant, injustice/tragedy?

I was trying to tweet about some cosmic injustices and wanted to describe it better than just saying "unduly sad", or "unfair". Any suggestions? Examples of the emotional state I'm trying to ...
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What word means the opposite of “supportive”? [closed]

I mean supportive in the sense of "giving help or assistance". Unsupportive denotes a lack of aid, but I'm looking for a word that expresses the opposite of support. This word would be used to ...
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Word or phrase for “wrapping yourself in a braid” [closed]

What do you call the action, the process of wrapping yourself (or someone else) in a braid? It would be better if your word/phrase specifically refers to the case of: A loose braid which you can ...
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Single word for “Reading message with sender's accent”

What do we call it, when someone is reading a message(like SMS/whatsapp) with sender's accent? By imagining how the sender should have pronounced, reader reads with same accent. He is ____ the ...
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Using improbable premise(s) to reach a conclusion

Is there a name for a fallacy that involves using an improbable premise or premises to reach a desired conclusion? For example saying (exaggerated to better convey what is meant): "You should always ...
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Word for instance of faux pax redundancy?

I subscribed to a word-of-the-day thing about 10 years ago. One of the words was a noun for the instance of describing something redundantly. Every now and then I hear someone do this and die not ...