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Is there a specific linguistic term for words like “Carolingian”, “Ricardian” and so on?

I'm talking about words used for the followers and eras of kings and queens. They have a Latin origin. Is "Latinisation" enough, or is there something more precise? I've done a search, and haven't ...
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What is the word for a past-tense verb used like a gerund?

In a comment on this answer to a similar question, the user Kris identifies the concept of "a member of a class to which gerunds belong but itself [is] not a gerund." Is there a word for such a thing? ...
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Another word for “A relationship of causality/ cause-effect relationship”

I am not sure if "cause-effect relationship" fits in this context. I have looked for better alternatives but I couldn't find one that fits here: So far, this chapter has provided an analysis of ...
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A word for 'one whose diet includes chicken but no other meat'

According to MW 'pescatarian' is a noun which means 'one whose diet includes fish but no other meat' and on this subject I posted a question some days ago. Now I'm searching for a word which means ...
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A single term for the duration between sunrise and sunset? [duplicate]

Is there a single term or a more accurate / concise replacement for the phrase "day-light hours". Day (as opposed to night) would work, however, day is very commonly used to describe day + night. One ...
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Adjective to describe “just because… doesn't necessarily mean…”

This is one of those phrases used very commonly (and apparently subject to lots of scrutiny on this website), but is difficult to define and also far too long to submit to a reverse dictionary. Let's ...
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Is there a term to describe a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex

The term "pig" is colloquially used to describe a man that looks at women purely as objects of sex. Is there such a term that describes a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex?
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A single word for “someone who readily takes responsibility/new tasks”

Want to describe a characteristic of a person, in single word, "someone who readily takes responsibility/new tasks"
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Is there a word that means “derivative-able”?

I'm just curious, so is there a word that you could use to express that a mathematical function has a derivative?
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A word to describe the completion of uncompleted work before a vacation

Backlog/noun an accumulation of uncompleted work waiting for you when you return from vacation . It's a pity that we don't have "forelog" as a word for work that is done to clear ...
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Is there a word for the belief that everything is possible? [closed]

Either a word for belief itself or to describe a person who believes that any task is possible often in an irrational way.
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What's an adjective that describes Ophelia or someone who gives in to fate?

In the Shakespearean play, Hamlet, Ophelia is found drowned in a body of water. I believe she saw all of her opportunities in front of her but as the people around her (i.e. Polonius, Claudius, ...
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A word for someone who shows great interest/love for something that they know very little about

I'm searching for such a word so I can use it for myself. I'm still young and I sadly have numerous passions for many things but sometimes find myself at a loss, for I know very little in the subject, ...
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Connecting or disconnecting a cable

I'm trying to find a single word that can describe the process of connecting or disconnecting a cable to a testing machine. This concerns the name of a function in a software program I am working on. ...
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Single word for “it has no place here” [closed]

Is there a single word for "it has no place here"? One possible synonym is unnecessary, but that does not ring well in my ear I'm aspiring to write poetry.
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Is there a term for words that have the same transliteration?

Context: I'm working on Anki decks (think fancy flashcards). One of the goals is to be able to recognize/spell words by their transliterations, but some words have identical transliterations and I'd ...
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Correct verb to describe relationships between processes in technical writing

I am writing a thesis, and the tone of my writing is technical. At a few places, I need a specific verb to describe how a particular process/method/technique relates to another ...
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Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination

In Polish there's a word Kunktatorstwo - trying to achieve own goals through delaying action, e.g. by making the opponent run out of time, making them tire out from keeping their defenses up, or ...
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Is there a word for a number with commas?

For example: 1000000 is a "number" and 1,000,000 is a "number" Is there a way to tell someone to use "______ numbers" without saying to use "numbers with a comma after every thousand, million, etc.?" ...
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Word for “suddenly stand up”?

For walking/running you have sprint, for talking/whispering you have blurt. How about standing up? Example: He [...] and rushed out of the living room. His suddenness startled me.
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Is there a sesquipedalian word meaning “first and maybe last”?

As in "Welcome to the First And Maybe Last Vernal Equinox Quest". We are having an over-the-top egg hunt-like event at the office, which we may never want to do again. ;)
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Adjective meaning “not speaking much”?

Example: This was my first time seeing him like this: [...], almost speechless. The first word that came to my mind was quiet. But I think its meaning is closer to not speaking at all than ...
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Need another phrase for fit in (as in a group) [closed]

What other word or words can be used to replace "fit in"? E.g. "I believe I will fit in with your organization."
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Word/phrase like Schadenfreude, but a feeling of comfort or satisfaction?

I am looking for a word or excellent, catchy description for a situation in which a person (A) feels a sense of satisfaction at another (B) having to obey the same rules as them, and the suffering ...
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Is there a word or term to describe mispronouncing a word due to someone else's accent?

In college, I had a Japanese linear algebra teacher who was not a native English speaker. The subject matter was new and difficult, so with new terminology to learn, it was sometimes to difficult for ...
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One word for “to give a sense of”

I'm trying to say that showing my students a picture of the temple gave them a sense of the setting in which a story took place, and allowed them to better understand the story. Any ideas for "to get ...
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What is a plural noun to refer to a collective of people who have committed suicide?

I understand there is the plural "suicides," as in "there were 43 suicides", but that doesn't feel quite right for my use-case. Specifically, I'm having problems with the sentence "Many suicides had ...
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The meanings of proverbs and adages [closed]

What is the meaning of a adage and a proverb.It is really confusing.I am just wondering the meanings of both of them.
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Word for being the only one to volunteer

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or action where out of a group of people, there is a single volunteer to undergo a task or similar.
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Word for somebody who participates in a riot? [closed]

I could not find an official definition of rioter anywhere, so I am unsure if that is the correct word. I'm looking specifically at a word for someone who is actively participate in a riot, so not ...
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Word for telling about events of a movie/book etc

When someone reveals details about surprising events which will happen in a movie or book to someone who doesn't know about them, we nowadays say that's a 'spoiler.' I'm looking for a verb for that, ...
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Word for a short promotional video

I know that usually a short video with audio is called "clip", but at least for me, it's associated with a music video, MTV, etc, and doesn't sound professional enough. So is there a single word for ...
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A novel/book equivalent of the term off-screen

Off-screen can be used to describe events in a movie or tv show. For example, "Harry's father dies off-screen" What term or phrase can I use if I'm talking about events in a book? "Harry's ...
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Name for balls of dirt made by rubbing hands

When your hands are dirty, you can rub them together vigorously, and small pills of dirt and oil will form that fall away. I have an inkling that there is a name for these things, or this action, but ...
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A linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive context

Is there a linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive way in this sentence, I have thought of ( Fortunately) but am looking for something more formal This fact raises questions as to how ...
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation than “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile. I wanted to describe it as being very 'infectious', or that it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could ...
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Father and mother are to parents what brother and sister are to which gender neutral noun? [closed]

Looking for a word that denotes both brothers and sisters without gender connotations (gender neutral), in a similar fashion as parents for father and mother.
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“Each of us will tell you our own side ___ the story”? [closed]

The context is that 4 people are talking. One person says the line to another. One person does not know "the story" so the other three will take turns to tell their own sides. What word(s) goes ...
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Ultimate > Penultimate : Paramount >? [duplicate]

Is there a word or even a list of words that come after Paramount to describe second, third and forth place etc. ? e.g. Ultimate, Penultimate, Antepenultimate, Preantepenultimate, ...
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Single word for feelings of helplessness/hopelessness?

I wish I had a bigger dictionary in my brain. I'm looking for a word describing a feeling you get when you're stuck in a place you cannot escape. It would best describe how reality makes you feel ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Term for someone very good at dodging being blamed?

How do you call someone who is very good at dodging responsibility for his mistakes?
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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Word that describes terms that exclude or divide people

A few examples: A creationist and an evolutionist want to save an endangered bee species. The creationist remarks about how bees were 'created' to pollinate plants. The evolutionist no longer wants ...
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In the direction opposite to me

Is there a simple expression to mean "in the opposite direction to me"? For example, how can I describe a person that comes in the direction opposite to me? I would like an expression that doesn't ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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A person who talks with care

What do you call a guy who talks so elegantly, when he talks he knows what he is saying; he takes care of each word out of his mouth, his words shows his high personality etc ... and what would be the ...
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Single word for generic human “body parts”

Is there a single word that can be used to indicate generic human (or animal) body parts? Just using the word "parts" without context sounds mechanical and inorganic. Ideally, the word would ...
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Is there a word in English that essentially means “I” or “we” in formal context?

In Swedish there is a word, "undertecknad", which would refer the author of a piece of text. It is an expression used in formal context when you try to objectify yourself (and avoid saying "I") out of ...
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Another expression for “drinking behavior” or “drinking habits”?

In other words, a member’s drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers’ drinking behavior. To avoid repetition of drinking in this sentence, I need either one word for ...