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What word can I use instead of “tomorrow” that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun? [closed]

I'm working on a novel while trying to take into account the historical context surrounding it. It begins in 1140 AD, so the characters would use Old English, Latin, Old French, and other similar ...
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Term for competitor that is not the favourite

In a betting sport such as horse racing or boxing, the competitor for whom the odds are lowest is known as the favourite. Can the other competitors be termed something in contrast?
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Single word for something that is harmful, yet necessary [closed]

Can anyone please help me to substitute "something that harms us, but we which also we depend on" with an equivalent word or phrase? An example: "Every year, river water causes flooding in its ...
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [closed]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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An exact word for the opposite of academic progress? [closed]

I have been confronted with a word so many times for which I couldn't find any equivalent in English. What is an opposite term for academic progress? I mean specifically when one is no longer doing ...
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [closed]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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Single word for feeling bad about feeling bad

There arises situations when at first we feel bad about something and then later we feel bad about feeling bad in the first place about that something. I don't exactly remember the situation I was ...
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [closed]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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Is there a word for satisfaction in others receiving justice?

Is there a word for satisfaction of hearing about justice that does not affect you? e.g. you hear on the news that a diet foods company has been ordered to compensate customers for deliberately ...
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Is there a good word for “unsurpassability”?

I hope that this is a good forum to post the query below, and please excuse me if it is not -- this is my first visit. I am looking for a noun that describes a state of not being surpassable or ...
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One word for an exactly opposite situation

Is there a word to describe an exactly opposite situation? In context, if someone describes a situation in which he found himself, and I tell him I found myself in the exactly opposite situation, what ...
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What is a word for someone who will only take credit for something if it benefits them?

For example, someone who will not say they suggested the restaurant if someone in the group said they didn't like it. Synynoms could include: noncommittal, unaccountable, fickle. Someone who ...
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Something that can not be undone or undo [closed]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?
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One who believes in their own religion and criticizes other religions? [closed]

What is the word for a person who strongly believes in their own adopted or birth religion and opposes or criticizes other religions?
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What's a good word for “to turn into a library”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the act of making something into a software library. Software libraries are collections of code with a well-defined interface, such that it is easy to ...
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3answers
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What is an adjective to describe something that caused a problem?

I have an error message that describes the cause for a problem/crash in my application. What is an adjective I can use to refer to that error message? I would like to say something like this: ...
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A word for high level officials in the government

What is a good word for high level officials in the government? The officials I have in mind are in the upper echelon in the government hierarchy and can wield broad power. What I want to say is: ...
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Hypernyms for directions

I am searching for hypernyms to summarise and differentiate between two groups words describing possible movement directions in a 2D space. up, down, left, right up-left, up-right, down-left, ...
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Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
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Better than expected as an adjective?

Is there an adjective that can sum up "better than expected"? For example: "Progress was better than expected." Is there a single word I can use to describe what the progress was like? I'm looking ...
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Is there a word for using a word twice to imply something different? [duplicate]

Is there a word for using a word twice to imply something different? eg. Are you done, or are you done done?
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Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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Looking for a specific alternate word for proved

I am looking for a very specific word to be used in place of {word} in this sentence: He {word} himself well. An alternate sentence that would have a similar meaning: He proved capable in ...
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Word to describe “planned disrepair”

This comes from a software world. There is a hidden feature in our product that is no longer needed but may be needed someday. Typically, if we remove a feature we would "deprecate" or "obsolete" ...
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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What is a word for the 7 deadly sins AND the 7 heavenly virtues all together?

Obviously, just for the 7 deadly sins you would use 'sin' and for the 7 heavenly virtues you would use 'virtue' or 'heavenly' but what word would you use to describe all 14 of them together?
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What is a noun or adjective to describe somebody who juggles work, study, hobbies, family and more?

I'm trying to describe someone who burns the candle at both ends. They work full-time, they study full-time, they have creative projects on the go, they raise their family and manage their property - ...
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A word for “somebody who is sponsored”? Sponsee? [duplicate]

Is there a word that means "somebody who is sponsored"? E.g. if I sponsor somebody, that person is my ______? Google results for sponsee have scattered definitions in unreliable sources, so it does ...
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A word that comes close to “something that needs to improve/would benefit the end result if you'd do it differently/more efficiently”

Is there a better word to describe what the supervisor says in this examle? Someone has just finished a, by materials built, project and is presenting it to his supervisor. This person is very proud ...
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Word to Warn of Danger of Usage

I need a term or word to refer to something which is very powerful but if used naïvely will cause great harm. I could say: "This is a [noun], use with care." or: "Use this with care it is ...
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Creating nouns from verbs

Is there a general rule for creating a noun based on an action? In the example below, there are two actions. "Press button when you've resolved or gave up." I'd like to express it using nouns like ...
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A single word for “liking someone's speech/quote/idea”? [closed]

I usally hear the word compounds "well-said, well-spoken etc.." to express the appreciation of someone's speech or a useful idea, but I never heard such a single word to express that. PS : I'm not ...
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Is “irritance” not a word?

I thought the word irritance was a word — but it isn’t one according to Google and my dictionary. It sounds correct; what is the word I should use? By irritance I mean something that’s being ...
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Adjective for this kind of personality [closed]

What's a word for someone who likes the finer things in life - classy taste, but makes do and replicates that expensive taste with cheap things?
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is there a word to represent once every nine months

is there a single word to represent "once every nine months"? Since 9 months is a fraction larger than half a year, semi-annualy seems wrong.
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Word for discrimination based on handedness

Is there a specific word such as racism or sexism that describes discrimination based solely on handedness?
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A word or phrase to describe someone who is obsessed with words?

I want to be able to describe the love for, or obsession with, words. It may also be a condition from other's perspective. It maybe because he is a lunatic who wants to aggrandize his vocabulary, a ...
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Word for a person being used

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is being used. This person would be the subject (a noun) not a verb or or adjective. Maybe like a pushover.
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A person who criticizes his own homeland/city/country?

He was born and brought up in this village, but after staying and studying abroad his childhood friends seem backwards to him; he _ this place now. Or He had lived in this city all his life but ...
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A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept it. For example, I can't use the ...
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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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Math word for an object not centered at the origin?

Is there a word that can describe a geometric figure such as a circle or ellipse that is not centered at origin (0, 0) in cartesian space? I'd like to find an agreed upon mathematical word, but if it ...
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What is the word for a person who never listens to other people's opinions and ideas?

There is one person I know who never accepts other people's opinions and ideas, even if those opinions and ideas are worthwhile. What single word might describe such an attitude?