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A good word for the opposite of pretentious?

Q: What is a good opposite of pretentious? The dictionary definition is: "Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed." To which I can think of: ...
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What is the origin of the word 'aphotic'? Is there a noun meaning “the state of being aphotic”?

Some adjectives ending in -ic are derived from nouns. For example, hyperbolic is derived from hyperbole, and parabolic is derived from parabola. Aphotic is an adjective meaning "lightless; dark" (...
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Single word(s) that describes all activity sorted by recency

We are struggling to find the correct word(s) that describes a list of all messages in the system that are sorted by recency. Trending does not work because what we are displaying is not what is ...
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Equivalent to “pairwise” for a triplet [closed]

Pairwise may describe the process of comparing entities in pairs. What is the word for the process of describing the comparison of entities in triplet?
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Looking for succinct way of describing the act of solidifying an idea into reality [closed]

Looking for a succinct way of describing the act of solidifying an idea into reality. "Building [idea] out" seems too generic but I'm trying to avoid a long winded, step by step explanation of the ...
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Word for terror at the idea of being infinitely born again into different bodies

I'm looking for a word that describes terror at the idea of being infinitely born back into the world, trapped in a cycle that never ends and is inescapable. Possibly a word that relates to religion ...
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**The** word for the military action of shooting several targets at once

In the Maersk Alabama hijacking, the seals took three shots at once, killing all three pirates simultaneously. I was watching the reproduction and I remember the analyst naming a specific term. What ...
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Word for someone who is too empathetic (possible antonym of narcissism)

I am looking for a word describing someone who has an "unhealthy" amount of empathy to the point where it may be detrimental to their well-being. For example, on the other side of the scale, one may ...
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A verb for a 'swarm' of men? [closed]

For example a whole crowd of men surrounded and beat someone up.
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What would you call an operation you can undo?

Designers should favour allowing users to undo a delete operation over confirming it (e.g. GMail lets you undo e-mail deletion instead of asking if you are sure). What would you call such operation ...
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What is the word for small pieces of sugarcane?

What is the word in English for Gandairiyan (Urdu), that is, small pieces of sugarcane, as can be seen in these photos: (https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/thumb_COLOURBOX11619843.jpg) (http://...
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Dumb like “renovey” and dumb like a “viewer” [closed]

I saw an episode of Pokémon. In that episode, two Pokèmon girls, Ursula and Dawn participated in a Pokèmon contest (competition). During their competition, Ursula had been performing better than Dawn. ...
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Word to describe the way cattle and buffalo consume fodder?

How do you describe the the way cattle buffalo chew ("re-chewing", specifically) their food? There is a specific aspect of their food eating habit which is often related to how people work.
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“Deus ex machina” modern alternatives

I'm trying to find a description for a group of people that get together at the right moment to find the perfect solution for a difficult situation. "Deus ex machina" came to mind but I was hoping ...
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1answer
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Word for a group or series of stories that do not relate but are published under the same name?

I am looking for a word that describes a collection of short stories that are published either in a single book or under the same series name. They will all have been published by the same author. I ...
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Word for an idiom accepted as true but is actually false

According to "Wouldn't say boo to a goose", the idiom's meaning comes from the premise that geese are easily frightened. Assuming, as one commenter stated*, that this is factually false, is there a ...
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A word that describes me being unable to understand a situation [closed]

There are times when I want to apologize for not knowing the full situation. I am not sure the word is naive, but I want to say "I apologize for being naive, but I would like to make a suggestion ...
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Is “smothersome” a word?

A variation of "smother", obviously, to describe someone with an inclination to smother other people. "You're just too needy and smothersome." Thoughts? Corrections? Suggestions? Edit: Apologies ...
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What is a word to describe someone in another organization which you collaborate with?

So basically, if I were to say something like 'That guy working on behalf of organization x, has said that he would relay information within 3 working days', what would be a word or term for 'that guy ...
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Insubordination by following rules precisely?

Is there a single word for "insubordination by following rules exactly"? (I think there may be a military term for this.) The phrase "Work to rule" is similar, but to me feels more connected to ...
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What is a word I can use to describe the personality of a company? [closed]

I am writing a description of my business, which creates websites for companies, and this is what I have so far: We think that every one of our clients are unique and deserve a unique website that ...
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What word could be used for a thing that holds a measure that lies between true and false?

In fuzzy logic a value can be partially true so I could present it as a degree of truth. However, I'm looking for a word for this thing that contains a measure that lies between true and false. The ...
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Term for when doing a job or work following all the rules and regulations

Sometimes a work is done by any means necessary, often against rules. I am looking for a word or idiom that means doing work according to or following rules and regulations. Example : You're ...
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1answer
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...
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6answers
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A word for stripping someone of something hard-earned [closed]

It is like taking away the fame, wealth or influence of a celebrity. The police ____ Alan Turing. Alan Turing was unfortunately ____.
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Word meaning an assortment of boring, small, less important tasks to accomplish

In a day, I usually have a few small tasks that are necessary to do and somewhat consequential but easy and short to accomplish and are kind of a distraction from the main work I hope to accomplish ...
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2answers
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What is the legal term for someone who isn't a romantic partner but lives in the same house as you?

A cohabitator but not a girlfriend or boyfriend or common-law spouse.
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How to refer to one occasion of an interviewee talking?

For my thesis, I want to refer to interviewees talking for one occasion. The interview was not one-on-one, but conducted in a focus group. A focus group is a group interview without requiring ...
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People who are in the age bracket of 50-60 year old

How do you call these people using one word?
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1answer
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Archaic way of describing the one who never kills / slays

Want to address a character (in 3rd person). That character has lied several times so cannot be immaculate (as I thought it would be). Any word which is less filtered than immaculate? This character ...
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3answers
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Word for the bookshelf in the wall of my room

I keep my books in the gap. I used to think of it is a shelf. That is what I called it. It is as if a wall was built leaving a gap. Generally of a rectangular or square shape. What is the gap in the ...
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe someone who is very "comfortable in their skin", secure with themselves, and most importantly completely immune to being embarrassed or mocked. ...
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What is the word for : “A person who, in general, does not agree with the general/popular opinion”? [duplicate]

I know that I am that person :D With all seriousness, I am pretty sure there is a word for it, and I have seen it, but i forgot it.
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“Whose” for things that aren't people [duplicate]

What is the proper possessive word to use, as an equivalent to "whose", when referring to something that isn't a person? For example: "I worked on a project whose name I do not recall." Is it OK to ...
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What do you call an android that used to be human? (no organic parts)

I was wondering - Let's say we take your consciousness and put it in a complete cybernetic body? What would the term for that would be? I thought it would be Cyborg at first, But I know that's short ...
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Word for being naked for a religious cause

I have this festival in my country, India, called "kumbh mela" which is one of the world's largest religious gathering. In it, many sadhus called naga who live naked take part. What is the English ...
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Word/ adjective to describe a language that is only used by a particular group (residing outside of their native country)

Just some background for my question. In China they have a lot of dialects, with Mandarin as the unifying language (it was based on the Beijing dialect) in 1911. Some of these Chinese have migrated ...
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A word to describe needed (and unobtained) stock?

The term for stock needed that is already in possession is inventory. However, I don't know what to call the items that are outside the inventory that needs to be acquired. What I want to do is keep ...
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2answers
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A single word to describe an object is difficult to stand, walk or balance on due to it's size

I am looking for a word that describes an object that is difficult to stand, walk or balance on due to it's size. The object itself is firmly in place and does not move or wobble, but is still ...
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Word for “those of the other side of a division”

Consider: These challenges result in a division of the female members of society: there are those who chose to continue with the parasitic life, and those who reject it and strive for ...
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An antonym for “sad”? [closed]

It's common to say: "Isn't it so 'sad' that such and such happened." Implying that the event in question induces a feeling of sadness. Is there an antonym for this use of 'sad'? "Isn't it '...
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What's a word or short phrase for someone who knows what's going on around them

I am looking for a word that quickly describes someone who knows everything that is going on in the in the city they live in. This person does not engage in gossip concerning other people's personal ...
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Α word describing the guiding of someone by questions

I am looking for a word that describe the kind of behavior someone exhibits when trying to guide another person to an answer without giving the answer away directly, as in the following, a ...
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A term for thinking that something will happen in the future because it hasn't happened yet

It can be called a false belief I guess. An example situation would be rolling a die five times and getting every number except six and then believing that the next one will be a six. But in reality ...
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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Word that means to increase in number, importance or value

This problem ___ all others. (if the word is a verb) This problem has ____ over others. (if a noun) The word, I want to be able use it in an argument being more important than the others. Also in ...
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A single word that means or describes a person who has to have the last word in a discussion

I am looking for a single word that is either a noun (like 'liar') or an adjective (like 'talkative') for a person who always has to have the last word in a discussion.
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Name of application that works, but does not validate anything

This question is about programming (web development to be more specific). I've been trying to find a word to describe a website that completely works from the frontend users perspective. But on the ...
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Another word for (sounds like) 'manual' labor/task [duplicate]

I remember a word that is spelled something like 'meanual' labor or work. It is supposed to mean not manual (physical) but just something which requires a lot of hard work and grinding.
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The term for when it is easy to remember things that happened at the start or beginning but not the middle

It is like remembering how we started a thing and finishing it but not those in the middle. An example is a trip taken long ago about which you only remember the start and end or things near to the ...