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A more spiritual word for miss

I want to find a word that basically means to miss, where miss is in the sense of “feel for the loss or absence of”. But I am looking for a more spiritual word. I came up with to dream for or ...
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Single-word adjective for “which should be repaired”

I'm looking for a term to characterise things which should be repaired. I am also looking for an antonym to go with it. Imagine I have two boxes, one with phones which should be repaired and the ...
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Less technical term to describe how often a recurring schedule repeats itself?

Defining a recurring schedule requires two steps: How often the schedule repeats itself (e.g. weekly, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, etc.) Inside each repetition, when the recurrently scheduled event ...
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Adjective to describe someone who is knowledgeable, resolute, and calm

I have a situation/feeling that occurs to me frequently and I'm not sure what the adjective is to describe it (or if there even is one). I'd love to hear your ideas on the matter. The situation is ...
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Band Playing without some of its Current Members

I was wondering: is there in English a specific phrase to denote a music band not playing with its whole current group of members?
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Is there a word to describe someone who apologizes for or feels bad about success or good fortune?

For example, an American who apologizes for the wealth and power of the United States?
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What to call the “things that nobody talks about”?

I am writing an article about “things that nobody talks about.” I feel sure that there should be a single word which can replace the phrase things that nobody talks about? It’s rather clumsy as it ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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1answer
243 views

“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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5answers
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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1answer
135 views

How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? [duplicate]

Some food contains capsaicin which is a substance that comes from chili or pepper and gives food its burning taste. In english you call this type of taste "hot". In German (my native language) we say ...
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58 views

Referring something which is not the last item, but one before the last one

what is the true phrase to refer something informally and formally which is not the last one, but one before the last?
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What's a good replacement to “cookbook” as referring to general-purpose manual-like computer books?

O'Reilly published a series of "cookbooks" which are general-purpose manual-like computer books that usually have wide but shallow coverage of a topic. What's a good word that's less rhetorical than ...
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2answers
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Term for someone who lost something [duplicate]

Is there any specific term for someone who has lost something? The person who finds something can be called a finder but what about the person who has lost something? What should the appropriate term ...
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“Second lady” vs “vice first lady”

The president's wife is often referred to as "the first lady". What would be the wife of the vice president be called (if one had to follow the systematics here)? the first vice lady the second lady ...
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A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections

I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally. League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.
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1answer
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...
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Send money / Request money

The person you are sending money to is the recipient of that money, but what would you call a person you are requesting money from? A requestee?
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A word for 'sampler' suitable for international readers

For a large software package we are providing a small program giving small reference examples of [how to use] the capability of the main product. My mental image I have of this is akin to a ...
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3answers
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Name for the top left cell of a table

What is the name for the top left cell of a table? The one next to the column headers and above the row headers. Does it even have a technical name? E.g. the cell with ??? in this table: ...
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What would the next step in an approval process be after “formally”

When a form is run through an approval process, I want to create statuses for different stages of said approval. For now, I have the following: Requested (Initial request was submitted) Approved ...
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1answer
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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3answers
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Word for design homage to previous versions of technology

I've lost and found this word several times in my life, and now I've gone and lost it again. Basically, it describes mimicry of a previous version of the same technology. Often a feature of this kind ...
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2answers
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Should I use the word “tomorning”? [closed]

I have never used the word tomorning. Can I use it like tonight, instead of today morning?
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112 views

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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105 views

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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1answer
48 views

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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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108 views

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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1answer
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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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2answers
109 views

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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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 ...