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Word for “Work done without expectations” [closed]

I'm looking for a word/phrase to describe work that is done without keeping the fruit in mind. Can anyone help me out?
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English word for superstitiously negative self assumption

Is there an English word (or psychological condition), which describes the negative, fearful, superstitious mentality of immediate self application or assumption? For example if I was to say "my ...
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English word for camel's walk

I need to know the English word for a camel's walk. Like Horse runs, Bird flies, so Camel ? And what to call a female camel also ?
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Describe the whistle one makes when surprised

There are many ways that a person might whistle. I'm searching for a word that describes the slow, contemplative whistle that one might make when digesting new and surprising information. Is there a ...
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A was replaced by B. A was replaced. B was ____?

Background I was writing some comments in my code. There's a class that holds ID numbers for items that were replaced, and ID numbers for the items that replaced them. Above the variable holding the ...
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Racism, sexism, ageism… any term for degree-based prejudice?

Is there any word to designate prejudice against someone based on the degrees he holds or the university he attends/attended?
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What's the term for fallaciously including an assumption in a question? [duplicate]

For example, if I ask someone "What does it feel like to be a gay Christian?" I'm suggesting that the person to whom I'm asking is gay and Christian, neither of which may be true.
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A masochist without the sexual baggage

The word masochist is used for someone who enjoys what others consider unpleasant: 1.1 (In general use) a person who enjoys an activity that appears to be painful or tedious: It also has song ...
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Once thought impossible [closed]

I seem to recall coming across a word for things that were once thought to be impossible. I just can't remember what it was. Any ideas?
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Word that means bad sounding

I'm looking for the word that means certain words when placed together sound bad. Example: Mary is sad because she had bad luck. Better wording: Sadness engulfed Mary after she experienced misfortune. ...
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What would you call an entity that is indestructible, but harmless to others?(read statement)

I know the film Hancock is fiction, but I still can't help but wonder if there is a word that describes how, although he tossed that boy hundreds of feet in the sky, the boy had no damage done to his ...
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General term for interlaced / non-interlaced delivery

http://www.brandon.me/blogging-tools/visual-design/2010/11/difference-interlaced-non-interlaced-images/ There are two ways of loading images on a screen. you can load parts of the image at full ...
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Archaic English new words: from a Nigerian [closed]

A Nigerian Governor was being interviewed by a local Television station. He was speaking of the political situation of Rivers state in Nigeria. Nigeria is an English speaking country because it was a ...
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What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?

Noisy, in a way, that he always post on Facebook or Twitter anything he did like it is his diary, always commenting other people's posts, retweets every minute or hour, etc. An attention whore or ...
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Adjective or Term [duplicate]

Is there a one word term for someone who is a lover of words? Similar to language enthusiast but only in a single word.
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word or term for letting someone else have a chance to win

What's the word for giving a chance to someone, or when you play with little children and you don't fully use your ability to play professionally—instead you play with their level so that they can ...
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Dutch 'visioneren' in English?

In Belgium, "visioneren" is the Dutch word for the process of "approving video material before usage in broadcast". This is done by the director, or someone else working for television/the movies, to ...
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What is the feminine version of ‘macho’ or ‘machismo’?

A single word is preferable, but a phrase will suffice. I found this reference at dictionary.com. It suggests 'swagger' but I can't relate this to the Latin for 'feminine'. I am hesistant in ...
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What would you call a person who focuses only on their faults?

For example, they get second in a major race and, instead of being happy, they focus on the fact that they weren't first. Or they get a test back and got 45/50 but instead of rejoicing that they got ...
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What's a word for a blamer who blames others for their own guilt?

What's a word to describe a person that accuses others of feeling how they feel because they are ashamed of that feeling within themselves? eg. Cathy is a classic [noun] - she would loudly ...
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Name of block of drawings to flick through

During the 60's children amused themselves flicking their thumb through a block of slightly different sketches/pictures and getting an animation like in flicks. Does anybody know what were/are those ...
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Word that is nearly but not quite, hypochondriac or malingerer or Munchausen sufferer?

Background I made a doctor appointment for a minor health worry. The usual practitioner was on leave so I saw a locum. The new doctor was quite dismissive and may have written something disparaging ...
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What is placing name with something called?

Recently, I'm watching the Chinese port version of The Voice (not sure if I can call it that since they differ greatly at least in my opinion), 中國好聲音 (The Voice of China). Every time the name of the ...
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Give one word for the following phrase

Is there one word for the following phrase? To come to a conclusion without taking into consideration other parameters/ conditions ( jumping to a conclusion without ' definite and true ' knowledge ...
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Is there a verb for whacking your head?

What's a noun/verb for whacking yourself on the head? I vaguely recall having seen a word for this somewhere but I'm not that sure. The closest phrase I can think of is self harm or self mutilation, ...
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Word for someone who is more than a friend [closed]

What word could I use to define someone who is not kin to me but I regard to be better than a friend?
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Is there a word for liking something out of spite?

Basically, im trying to think of a word that means liking somsthing out of spite because someone you dislike hates something. Closest I could come up with was vindictive. But that's not quite good ...
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a noun meaning: “not received”

I want to write: Please ignore the message stating—noun form of not received—of the mail. What is a single word for the noun form of "not received"?
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A word that means that a germ or disease can affect a species

I swear I've read a sentence like "Mosquitoes don't die of the diseases they transmit because those germs are not _____ to mosquitoes" or "Dragons' mouths aren't really clean, but they're generally ...
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Is there a word or phrase that means “both literally and figuratively”? [duplicate]

The question is simple: is there a word or phrase that means "both literally and figuratively", aside from the one I just used?
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Please help to replace these words: working environment, disseminate, disperse, person above in the hierarchy, and fundamental. [closed]

please help to provide the synonym or phrase for the words, that are of a higher learning order, below: working environment spread/pass on/disseminate (knowledge from supervisors to subordinates) ...
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Word/Phrase if you assume someone guilty for not denying an irrelevant claim

Is there a word/phrase for Person A in a conversation like this: Person A: "Are you from this country?" Person B: "Why does that matter?" Person A: "So, that is a no..." Person A asks an ...
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What is the correct word (verb) for death due to a run in crowds in English?

What is the word in English which perfectly defines the death due to run and collision in a crowd? It should be a verb and can be used something like in a street where people begin to run when some ...
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Word for “of neutrinos” [closed]

I'm looking for a word meaning of or related to neutrinos, in the way that "proton" has "protonic", "electron" has "electronic", etc.
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the feeling left in one's psyche by another person's gestalt

The meaning of the term I'm looking for is something to the effect of: the feeling that one person's gestalt leaves in another person's psyche Or, to say the same thing in a clearer (thanks to ...
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Word for “person who unsuccessfully tries to be witty”

I remember reading a very specific word defined as "someone who tries to employ wit unsuccessfully". I have not been able to relocate where I read this and my research has been mostly dead-ends thus ...
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Verb meaning “Verbally correct”? [Translating “Regañar” from spanish]

Talking with my spanish colleagues one used the word Regañar and explained that it means 'tell someone what they are doing wrong', like telling a child to correct their behavior. Can anyone think of ...
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Verb meaning “to satisfy a definition in an unsatisfying way”

I'm sure I've heard a verb that means this, but it might be colloquial, and possibly quite specific to a certain group of people. The context is that person 'A' has tried to give a precise definition ...
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Neutral word for half-hearted [closed]

What's a word that has the half-positive, half-negative denotation of half-hearted but none of the unenthusiastic connotations?
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Informal, ironic or jocular synonyms for a software application

How would you call a computer program informally? Especially when you're joking or being ironic. I know app only, but think many others must exist. At least in my native Ukrainian there is a lot of ...
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A word that describes someone who has an intention to ridicule another person by questioning everything they say? [duplicate]

Looking for a word that describes someone who has a subtle intention to ridicule the other person by questioning everything they say? They act slightly hostile and hypersensitive and make expressions ...
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Word for emotionally intense situation?

This may be a somewhat archaic word, but I recall learning it from Nabokov's Lolita. It has that 'vortex','spasm' sort of phonetic similarity lying on the tip of my tongue...
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Single word for “inguinal crease”

Is there a single word for "inguinal crease"? In order of preference (most preferable at the top): everyday English name medical term nickname slang Anyway it should be a single word. Thanks. ...
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Noun for something that is randomly chosen?

Example: Since the murderer didn't know the victim, the detectives assumed the murder was a [...]. This is just an example, though, I'm not looking for a word for that kind of crime. Just a ...
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complimenting “a” by demeaning “b”

I am wondering if there is an individual term or phrase that describes the occurrence of complimenting one thing by directly putting another thing down. An example could be if Abe says "I really ...
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What might the feminine form “mathematician” be? [closed]

With varying degrees of seriousness we have the following gendered role variants: Comedian / comedienne Master / mistress (sort of...) Dominator / dominatrix Singer / songstress Dude / dudette Now ...
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What do you call someone who puts a hit out on someone? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for someone who hires a hitman or assassin?
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What noun describes the relationship between a container and a containee? [duplicate]

For example, the relationship between two things that overlap is called or is described by their "overlap" or "intersection". What word or words might have the same role in describing the ...
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Verb meaning “to act pedantic”

I am trying to find a verb which can be used to indicate that someone is acting pedantic. I first considered "pedanticise", but, having found only one source for this, I thought I'd broach the ...