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Adjective for the adverb “soon”

I am looking for an adjective that corresponds to the adverb soon, to fit a sentence such as: That feature will be added in an [adjective] update. Is there an adjective with the same meaning as ...
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What is the word for a person who worships but never helps others?

There is a person who is always worshipping God, and also never harms a soul. But he never helps others or explains what he knows. What could I call such a person?
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a word for an unfamiliar situation

Is there a single word for an unfamiliar situation or a better way of wording this? If a situation is unfamiliar to you.
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Word for a person with the same opinion on everything?

There's a person I know who has the same opinion on everything. It never wavers from "very good" e.g. That was a very good movie Brazil played a very good game The weather was very good ...
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Word for varied with equal spacing

I'm looking for a less clumsy way to say: The phase advance in the measurement plane was varied between the corrector lenses and the measurement screen. Also with the additional constraint that ...
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Is there a specific word to describe the duration before due date?

I'm trying to find such a word to describe the time peroid before a workflow/process should be completed.
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Sherlock Uncovered: Steven Moffat Describes Andrew Scott's Portrayal of Moriarty as 'Coruscatingly Brilliant' [closed]

This is a word I never heard before. Steven Moffat, co-writer of the Sherlock Series describes Andrew Scott’s performance as Moriarty as giving “a coruscatingly brilliant performance”. It seemed right ...
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What's a word for articulating something and making it sound worse?

Sorry for the poor title, but I can describe this better through an example. A few weeks ago, one of my friends had a conversation with her boyfriend, and she said that she wouldn't necessarily marry ...
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Word for a parent whose children have all died [duplicate]

I know there have been other questions asked that are similar, but I want to know about the specific case where a person has had a child or children, but all have passed on. Is there an accepted word ...
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A word meaning “communicating one idea” (Mono-<something>-ic?)

I am looking to see if there is a word to describe "communicating one thought". I imagine it would be something like "Mono--ic". This is how I am attempting to use it: "Instead of using a choropleth ...
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What to call someone who always sincerely shows on the outside how and what he feels on the inside?

So, this person is very open, honest and brave to display his vulnerabilities and feelings (because that's what feels natural for him, and as a good thing, to do) whether he's out in public, with ...
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What is a non-pejorative antonym for gourmet?

I'm looking to describe two groups of people who eat pasta sauces. One type likes things like Rao's or Mario Batali. I'm describing them as "gourmet". A second group prefers Ragu and Prego. I was ...
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Form of government (-archy/-cracy) where the strongest rules

I'm doing some research for a story and I'm trying to find the correct word for a form of government where the best fighter or the strongest person leads the rest. The usual words for forms of ...
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What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?

I'm looking for a word which describes an annoying behavior that decreases the overall quality of a game or match, specifically in online gaming (Halo, Call of Duty, etc.) The behavior, while not ...
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Single word or short phrase for giving a passing mark?

I thanked my teacher for giving me a pass mark in the exam. Is there a single word or short phrase for the emphasised phrase?
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Single word for one who imagines positive things which fail to materialize?

How do we call someone who imagines positive things ahead which never come to pass?
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Diplomatic word to express having difficulty or finding it unpleasant working with someone. [closed]

I'm filling out a feedback form for a senior colleague who I've been working with, I want say something like Last year I had some difficulty working with John, but since the start of the year ...
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What do you call a person that adds things to a list? [closed]

Would "adder" be a valid term? The person is someone who adds an item to the list.
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One word for “hiding an obvious fact”

Is there one word for "hiding an obvious fact". For e.g. I will not be __ about the fact that this task is difficult. Some words that come to my mind are "deny" or "pretend", but they don't ...
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Pleasure of watching someone work

Is there a word that the describes the pleasure of watching someone else work? For example, my mother enjoys watching me hard at work because generally she is the one working hard.
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What is the male counterpart of nubile?

Is there an accepted word that means a man (boy) ready for marriage? I only found sites having nubile males or faunlets as near alternatives.
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Scientific name for rectangular Pupil?

Goats have interesting, rectangular Pupils. Is there a single-word scientific name for this? I'm looking for a word much like Haloquadratum ("salt square"), or ventromedial ("toward the middle of the ...
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substitute for peripeteia

I was all set to release an album titled Peripeteia. I thought the word aesthetically sounded beautiful and the meaning, reversal of reality, "the moment the hero realizes all he believes is untrue" ...
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Expression for distance relationship between observer and object?

I am looking for a word or expression, that describes the specific distance in the space that lets the observer appreciate and completely understand the object of observation. For example, when one ...
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Word for Allows in special context

I am looking for a single word (possibly short phrase) to convey the following meaning. Taking introduction to Calculus allows you to compute integrals. What the confusion/dislike from the word ...
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What to call the area where the hair directions all change on the head?

What to call the area where the hair directions all change on the head? In Russian that term is макушка, and looking for the translation I find it to be top. However, that is not a satisfactory ...
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Drinks Shirley - Slang for overhead dispenser? [closed]

In a TV series, a man from London (living in Canada) asked for the house bar using the word "Drinks Shirley". What does it mean exactly? Is it this kind of dispenser?
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Alternatives for “I told you so.” [closed]

Sometimes, "I told you so" is expected by the target. What if we want to surprise them with another famous phrase which would deliver the same message, perhaps with more intensity. Sometimes, "I told ...
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What is an archaic synonym for “teacher”?

What is an archaic synonym for "teacher"? I'm looking for an archaic, if possible Early Modern English word for the person teaching in pre-university schools (i. e. High School).
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A word for “in terms of time”

What is the word that describes the context of time to replace e.g. "in terms of time, ..." Like I can say, It is more tiring mentally than physically; It is longer physically than "in terms of ...
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What is the action of writing with both hands simultaneously called?

I can write with both my hands so I am ambidextrous. But it means adept and deft in using both the hands equally. So if someone was exhibiting their skill of ambidexterity by writing something with ...
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Some problems in understanding a word in a sentence [closed]

I am translating the following text from English to Italian and it is not very clear for me the meanig of the phrase written in bold. Can somebody help me? Thank you in advance. Twitter is an ...
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Is there a word for “re-parent”?

The definition for "parent" includes: an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor. a source, origin, or cause. Is there a term that describes changing the parent of a child object to a ...
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Word for words that sound like the sound [closed]

In our English lesson, we talked about words that are derived from sounds. Our teacher said they are "anamatapic", but it seems I can't get the spelling right. Even google does not provide a good ...
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Expression/word combination for “object of application”

I need to be able to refer to an object which has/needs something applied to it or used on it. A couple of examples: one liter of paint is needed to paint an area of 10m². 6 birthday candles are ...
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Word for where speakers and honoree sit at a comedic roast?

I've heard this word a few times when watching roasts, and was never able to look up what I thought I was hearing. I don't know the IPA so I will link to a clip of someone saying it: @3m11s (word ...
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Word meaning 'common line of reasoning for a given issue'.

For example A common [word] espoused by climate change deniers is that global temperatures haven't increased for ten years, and thus anthropocentric climate change is not real.
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What do you call the sheet that a barber covers you with?

It's that sheet/blanket that they put on you so you don't get covered with hair. Is there a formal name for it?
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Word meaning 'a system of unnecessary rules'

For example: A company that requires all employees to wear light-blue shirts on Fridays. A government that requires people to file paperwork every time a pet dies.
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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Word or phrase for a scam-like enterprise based on ignorance

I've noticed a spate of schemes to raise money on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and through more traditional avenues that involve claims that are essentially physically impossible. A rudimentary due ...
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Replacement for bullet-proofed

I was suggested to use the term bullet-proofed by a colleague. Someone else now pointed out that bullet-proofed might not even exist, because we can't build the past tense of an adjective. Part one ...
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Hypocrisy, sincerity, and?

By definition hypocrisy is: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform To illustrate an analogy, hypocrisy means that you claim to ...
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Adjective form of “integrity” [duplicate]

I have become a more honest person. Is there a way in which I can replace the word honest in the above sentence with an adjective with the same root as integrity?
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A Word To Represent Physical & Mental Attributes

I'm working on a game, and at the moment I'm using the word "Attributes" to represent things like: intelligence, strength, dexterity, wisdom, aura, etc. I wouldn't necessarily call them traits, ...
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A Word To Represent The 5 Senses

Working on a game and I need a single word that represents the 5 senses: smell, touch, taste, sound, and sight. At the moment I'm using "perception" which I don't think is adequate.
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Word for “release candidate” of draft document

I'm looking for a word to use for a draft document that is basically finished. The draft should be marked with this word to let others know that they can look at it. This is not part of an approval ...
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What is a word for a taking a non-romantic relationship to the “next level”?

I was thinking one day, and was trying to describe some of the latest events in my life. To my dismay, I could not think of any word to describe becoming better friends with someone (in a platonic ...
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What's the noun for “off-key” or “out of tune”?

The answer isn't off-keyness, although I wish it were. I am interested in the secondary meaning of something being off-key, in the sense that it is irregular or incongruous, for example: "An off-key ...
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What noun describes how much a tag is used?

When I say "tag", I mean the tags we have on StackExchange, and imageboards or other websites which use a tagging system. Is there a single noun to describe how many things the tag applied to? ...