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What is a word for “people who converse”? [closed]

What is a word for "people who converse"? I'm trying to write a pretty long essay for my English class, but I can't figure out what this word is.
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Word for “philosophical thoughts”?

Example: What was worse: doubt or the uncomfortable truth? I was delving into this/these boredom-triggered [...] when my phone rang. I thought of dilemma but I think it's kind of a different ...
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Word for an adjective of a group

We have a word for an adjective of a country: demonym, but do we also have a word for the adjective of a group? For example, people who belong to reddit are redditers, and this is an adjective for the ...
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What word means several descriptive words? [closed]

I thought it was descriptor, but apparently that's not an actual word.
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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Word that represents your truest desires

Looking for a word to describe the desires of your heart, in other words, what you are constantly thinking, or what worries you. Usually things you would only confide with very close friends.
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“Bundle” synonym

Are there any synonyms for "bundle" that mean anything like "multiple items together" (apart from package, parcel, etc.) For example, a discounted SOMETHING of two products on a website. "bunch", for ...
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Word for someone who finds oil reservoirs

This question may be way too specific, but what is the word for someone who surveys land in search for Oil (for petroleum). I think it might be a scientific word, like one that ends with -ist (like ...
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Need best words for Buy and Sell [closed]

I need the most trendy and attractive words for buy and sell.
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Word for the falling action of a stick with one end is at the ground, not falling freely in the air

When I am reading the question Can adding weight to something make it fall slower? in Physics SE, I notice that (or think that) the reason it can get to the Hot Question zone is the misunderstanding ...
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A word/phrase for “being extremely happy and jumping gladly”

Suppose if someone is extremely happy like a child and starts jumping gladly, what words/phrase best describe this situation, such that the following sentence can be completed. He/she was ...
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A word for a memoir written by someone else?

Biography is to autobiography as _____ is to memoir? Is there a single word for a memoir that has been ghostwritten by someone else?
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A one-word substitute for someone who is a “news freak”

Is there any word that describes a person who is very interested in reading newspapers, and very interested in political news? Moreover one who loves being "updated" on the current affairs of the ...
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how should I name the man I live with? [duplicate]

(From a foreign speaker : ) I'm lucky enough to live with the man I love, but we're not married, nor having any "official" marital life. How should I refer to him ? He's a divorced man and will never ...
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Word for the “life/world” outside phone calls, text messages, and the Internet?

Example: She ignored my phone calls, text messages, and emails. As for [...], she also seemed to have taken measures: she quit our shared classes and stopped frequenting the places where we ...
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Word for people who run, but not standard marathon distances

I regularly participate in mini-marathons (as they are sometime unofficially locally called) that happen around my area. I started with 5 KM and over a couple of years have improved my distance to 10 ...
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What's the masculine form of boudoir?

What's the word for a man's bedroom or private room -- as opposed to boudoir, which is a woman's bedroom or private room? If one doesn't exist in common English usage, what would be a French loanword? ...
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A word or phrase to describe quick thinking in the moment

Let me describe the situation where I want to use word or phrase: I was reading a particularly interesting book that I happened upon somewhere deep inside my university library. The book had a ...
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2answers
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Word for “Having had considerable thought put into [x]” [closed]

I am trying to describe a plan that has "had considerable thought put into it" with a single word. Any ideas?
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Word to call the period beyond the expected date?

If I do not pay an electric bill on time, I will have an overdue bill. For example, the exceeding of the expected time is 2 months. So the payment is 2 months overdue. What do you call the period ...
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Single word that unambigously describes the product of folding

I am writing a scientific paper in which I perform a mathematical operation that is illustratively called folding, which is already an established term. I now want to assign a similarly illustrative ...
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Word to describe “beautiful but worthless”

I have a family member who worked at a cat boarding facility. There, she met a couple who jokingly described their cat as "beautiful but worthless." Is there a word in the English language to describe ...
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1answer
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Word for the unintended offense taken from a comment or compliment?

It is clear from experience of living in the world, that sometimes the things we say may imply something to someone else that we did not intend it to. A seemingly harmless comment or even compliment ...
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Noun with Meaning Related to “Confidential”

I can't seem to remember the word (a noun) to fill in the blank space: "Please keep this matter confidential" is equivalent to "I'd appreciate your _____ in the matter."
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Word for people of low comprehension

What is a person called who has a low ability to understand? A person who can't or doesn't understand during communication and complains again and again, "I do not understand what are you saying."
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Single Word for an Unfortunate Coincidence? [closed]

Is there a single word that is able to be used instead of the phrase "unfortunate coincidence"?
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Role Title Word That Conveys a Sense of Direction/Command as well as Engagement of Particular Skills in Work

I'm looking for an eloquent word, if one exists, for a role in one's profession whereby they direct and mentor a team with a particular set of skills, but also clearly engage in work with said skills ...
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Words describing relation to scope [duplicate]

I remember hearing two words, each describing a relationship to scope, or a containing set. I think they are prefixed with micro- and macro-, but am not certain (I'll call them 1 and 2). 1 ...
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One-word synonym for 'fall short of'?

What are ONE-word synonyms, existing as a LONE verb, for the verb phrase 'fall short of'? I already know, and so ask NOT, about 'trail' (suggested by OED's thesaurus) or 'fail' or 'miss'. This search ...
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A word meaning an “indifferent resignation”?

As the title says, I'm looking for a word that is similar to resignation, but conveys a feeling of indifference. For example: Although I have severe myopia, I've lived with it all my life and have ...
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1answer
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Order of things [duplicate]

Let's say you were in a race, and you finished 5th. One of your friends comes to you and asks "What was your ___ in the race?". Or, 'G' is the 6th letter in English alphabet. Someone asks you what ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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How to say “local community” in ONE word?

I'm struggling to say 'local community' in one word. Is there a suitable word which describes 'local community' or synonym?
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1answer
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Adjective to describe the classification of a result as true/false positive/negative

I am performing experiments where results can be classified as true positive, true negative, false positive, or false negative. Is there a good word for this kind of classification? I have considered ...
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What word describes someone who never acts thoughtful but blames others for not being thoughtful

I have a friend who always expects you to be fully understanding, considerate and thoughtful, but when you expect her to behave in the same way, she says you are too picky, a drama queen, and not ...
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The places at which a journey begins and ends

In the nomenclature of travel and transport, what are the most common terms to describe the places at which a journey begins and ends? I think that "destination" is likely to be the latter—but how do ...
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Synonym for tsunami

I'm looking for an equivalent term in English for tsunami. How did people name/describe the phenomenon prior to 1868 -the first time the word was recorded in English according to Etymonline bearing in ...
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Is there an English word for “the ability to be deleted”?

I was wondering if there exists a correct English word for "the ability to delete something"? The phrases I want to use this word in are: Toggle the option "that enables the object to be ...
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What adjective would you use for “not readable color”?

Imagine you received an email, which looks like this: I guess there's an adjective to express that either the background or the font color should be changed, because it's really hard to read. My ...
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A word for a person who works on two positions at the same time

Like: "A manager and designer at the same time wanted" It doesn't sound very informative nor does it make much sense. How can I write this sentence so that it can be understood as I want a ...
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1answer
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An antonym or counterpoint of transcendent?

I need to compare the concepts of "Virtue and Meaning" to "Resilience and Wellbeing" in people and organisations. My current thinking is to call "Virtue and Meaning" transcendent, but I can't find an ...
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Word for a satisfying tactile feeling?

What is the word for a tactile satisfying feeling? Some examples include the feeling of magnets gently clicking together, the sound of a car door closing, or the feeling of pressing/clicking a really ...
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Which word or phrase describes a hotel room that is a stand-alone little building?

I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room? The room is basically a little house… is ...
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Meaning and etymology of the word “latty”

In Terry Pratchett's novel, "The Wyrd Sisters", the word "latty" is frequently used. From the context I can figure out that it means some kind of cart (used by traveling performers in the story), but ...
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Word for expressing oneself non-verbally

Looking not specifically for a word, but a description of someone who expresses their feelings, emotions in an authentic manner. Someone who doesn't have to say much to convey their state; one can ...
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Word for “Can't be seen with the naked eye”?

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 'Microscopic' is the first that springs to mind, but this has too many 'science-y' connotations. It ...
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What's the word (or phrase) for the phenomenon that something suddenly works when you try to show an error [duplicate]

As the title describes, I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the phenomenon that a bug/error/etc. disappears when you want to show it to someone. Example: Your Internet connection does not ...
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What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Leftovers that haven't been eaten?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to leftovers. In this case, the leftovers are not from one of my previous meals, and they are completely uneaten, but they are already cooked. Example 1: My ...