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What's the word for prefacing an attack with “I'm sorry for having to do this, but”?

There is a single obscure word whose very definition is when one says "I'm sorry for saying this, but" or "I hate to tell you this, but", and then proceeds to do the very opposite and attacks or ...
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What word means what I think “implorements” means?

I'm looking for a title for a section of things I implore people to do. After choosing it, I found that Implorements is not a word. Is there a word that fits the definition "A list of acts I implore ...
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Word to describe a person who is leader

I am pretty sure that there is a special word to describe person (specially in politics) whose party gets recognized by that person? For example, Party-A belongs to Person-A, instead of Person-A ...
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What is a word for a character who incites the conflict in a plot?

I realize you can use 'antagonist' but I'd prefer a stronger word with virtually the same meaning. I want to use it to describe Nils Krogstad of A Dollhouse.
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Is there a word describing the first number in a multiplication?

Possibly a question for the math or educational crowd, but... Given 4 x 12 ------ Is there a specific term for the "top" number? Other than first or top of course. EDIT: I ...
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Word or phrase that describes when a fictitious character quotes real writing/speech etc

Is there a word or phrase to describe when a fictional character quotes/references something that exists in the real (our) 'universe' (but can also therefore exist in the fictional 'universe'). Either ...
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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Is there a word for “unnecessarily large”?

I would like to say: The utility produces unnecessarily large amounts of data, therefore most of it is discarded immediately. The word should also, if possible, express the position that not ...
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Word for very limited communication between races/religions/cultures

There is a country in which there are many different religions, races and cultures. In that country, people are cold and they only care about themselves or their community. There is little or very ...
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Word like “giving up” but that implies shifting to something else? [closed]

Example: I began searching in the zoology section. But I didn't find what I wanted. [...], I shifted to veterinary medicine. I think using giving up would mean giving up on the whole thing. It ...
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In reference to statistics as it relates to information about research?

Academia.SE is working on retagging statistics and I was trying to figure out if I was missing a word on the tip of my tongue. Here's the original thread. These are the three definitions for ...
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Word for deliberately taking the literal rather than implied message

What is the word for understanding someones implied meaning, but being completely pretentious about it and taking their words for what they literally said?
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What's the word or name of someone that gets sick just by talking about it but they're not really sick? [duplicate]

I know a person that I can say "The flue is going around again" and next day he has the flu but two days later he out in the woods hunting. If he comes in contact with some that has heart burn then ...
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Is there a word for “not greedy”?

The antonym of “greedy” is “generous”. Is there a word for “not greedy” (one who is content with what he has)?
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What verb describes the motion of a swimmer's arms?

This question was raised in an XKCD What-If post (in footnote 3): When a swimmer is submerged and moving at top speed, the drag from the water is equal to the thrust they generate by kicking and ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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Word for eating things that aren't food

Is there a word for trying to eat things that aren't food? I'm thinking particularly in the context of babies, where it's a normal part of the learning process, but I dare say it is a disorder that ...
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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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An adjective for someone who doesn't really care about me

There is a man who projects an attitude of "the things you like are so boring." He isn't really mean about it. He just doesn't care about things that are important to me. What words could I use to ...
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Word denoting “the time it took to assign a task to someone”?

Is there a word in English denoting the time it took to assign a task to a person? This word is to be used in a web page design to display a certain task that is assigned to a a specific person and ...
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One-word synonym - 'the following' (ie: what follows next)

Please beware that I ask only about definition 2, so I'm seeking a nounal synonym for the following = [treated as singular or plural] What follows or comes next: Particularly, is there an ...
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Is there a single-word equivalent for “to approach for help”? [closed]

For stylistic reasons, I am looking for a transitive verb, which could be used as a substitute for "approached... for help", as in "In difficult legal circumstances, he [VERB] a solicitor".
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What is this calendar called?

It's a year-view calendar with days grouped into months and every month has seven columns corresponding to days of the week. I'm looking for an adjective. This is ______ calendar.
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Not true in general, but possibly true in some cases

Is there an abbreviation, an English or a Latin expression for "not true in general, but possibly although not necessarily true in some cases"? I suppose such a phrase may be used frequently in law ...
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What is another word for “dessert lover”? [closed]

I just want to know a term for a dessert lover.
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quickly identify the root or underlying cause/motivation

What is the word for someone who has an ability to observe/experience anothers actions and words and then quickly identify the root or underlying cause/motivation for those words and actions?
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difference between 'introduction to' or 'introduction of' [duplicate]

I will be giving an introduction to Historians or introduction of Historians. Which one is correct? 'to' or 'of'?
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“Sometimes”, “oftentimes” — is there a -times word for “very rarely”?

If something happens sometimes, it happens occasionally. If something happens oftentimes, it happens often. Is there an equivalent word for something happening very rarely?
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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What's the word for “the kind of very close relationship between friends that feels like one involving family/relatives”?

What's the word for "the kind of very close relationship between friends that feels like one involving family/relatives"? It's something ending with "-ish", and can be used in this kind of sentence: ...
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What is a stationary?

There's a hipster shop concept generator that combines regions with nouns and offers them jokingly as hipster shop concepts. Like "Have you visited this new Swiss cheese and German beer store?" ...
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Adjective for “something in which you always find something new”

Or alternatively, "something in which you're always able to find/discover something new". An example: A book, which you read multiple times, and every time you read it, you see a whole new aspect ...
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Word to describe ideological based giving? (outside of tithing, more specific than charitable)

I'm looking for a word that describes "a group of people that give to others that Share similar beliefs Promote a related cause Serve as a good example of what the group believes in" Consider that ...
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Can somebody recommend a good word to describe somebody with great responsibility

I'm looking for word that would describe a ruler or any leader with great responsibilities which has shown themselves to be very caring and ready to go the extra mile. could the word magnanimous be ...
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Single word for “factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or position”

I'm looking for a single word- a noun that corresponds to: A factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or assertion Here's the context- it's an article about the role of women ...
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Word for number of people in a room

Is there a single word for the number of people currently in a room? For example, the room has a capacity of 50, but the current ? is only 3.
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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Word for small bird-like jumps?

Example: With tiny [...], the bird scanned its vicinity, completely ignoring me. I thought of the word hoppings but sounds strange and it only has 1 Google result. Is there a better option?
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A single verb for 'killed himself'

A doctor at the El Paso VA Health Care System was shot today and the shooter apparently shot and killed himself, officials said a preliminary investigation shows. Is there a single verb that can ...
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What's the term to describe 'normal' languages, such as English, Chinese and Russian as opposed to programming languages?

English is not my native tongue, so I might be overlooking an easy word. The following is what I mention on my resumé in an 'about me'-section: I'm a language enthusiast and (...). But language ...
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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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Adverb -> Adverbial; Adjective -> Adjectival; Verb ->?

The noun "adjective" yields the adjective "adjectival"; the noun "adverb" yields the adjective "adverbial"; but the noun "verb" does not yield the adjective "verbal". What is the word I am looking ...
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Word for sophisticated art that the masses don't appreciate

Popularity and sophistication don't always overlap. Think of the novels only English teachers love. The music only Mitch Grassi listens to. The paintings you only want to look at after graduating from ...
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What's a word for something that also describes itself? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a term that also describes the term? For example, a portmanteau is also a portmanteau and a mondegreen is also a mondegreen. On the other hand, an onomatopoeia is not.
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Meryl Streep is a ______? (as a big compliment)

It's a specific word or small phrase that I can't remember, and it's killing me. It was probably an Oscars ceremony, and someone boldly introduced her as a “xxxx”. It was the highest of compliments, ...
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What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?

For instance, a gun, a rope, or the like. What's the common way of referring to them? Assuming the suicide attempt of the person who used them was successful? Example sentence: We kept grandpa's ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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“omni” - prefixed word for “ prepared to take up any challenge”

Word for someone that will take any challenge thrown at him, prepared to take up any challenge. Preferably with "omni" as prefix. Doesn't have to be word that is commonly used. I have been trying to ...
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A number between 0 and 1 - like a percentage but expressed as a decimal [closed]

I'm looking for a word to replace "percentage" for numbers between 0 and 1. To explain: what I'm actually dealing with are decimals (like 0.12), semantically however they serve the purpose of ...