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If indolent means causing little or no pain, is there a word that means causing a lot of pain or passing out/death

I'm sure about the "causing a lot of pain" part but I don't know about what followed. Is there a word that means "causing a lot of pain or passing out" or "causing a lot of pain or death"? His ...
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Is there a word that describes an individual who is always clueless when he has to face major challenges?

If a person does not have the ability to reason logically in high pressure situations (and is consequently always clueless), what term can be used to describe such a person? I'm looking for an ...
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English word that describes the doer of uncompleted work? [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes someone who does all the work that is unfinished by others once they do their work.
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Describing Social Status in the 1920's

I am looking for ways to say "low class" and "high class" that would be used in the 1920's on the East Coast of the U.S. I am writing a story narrated by a young girl who is very class-conscious and ...
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The phenomenon of having given or receiving a thing that gives you a reason to keep trying after you have failed or slowed down

I guess something like a second motivation. A situation : Let us suppose that I am working on a project. I started it with enthusiasm and worked hard at it for a while. But after a plodding for a ...
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What's the difference between “strategist” and “ tactician”?

What's the difference between "strategist" and " tactician"? As a Chinese ,I don't get the hidden meaning of it. Any answer ?? Help me learn ...
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A word to describe an individual who is unable to understand a particular situation as it is unfolding?

Example Of Such A Situation: The individual in question works for a company and he intends to resign voluntarily because he feels that he may be asked to resign by the company management. This is ...
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Compound adjective or short phrase to describe something that is affected by an issue

I'm looking for a word, compound adjective or very short phrase that could be used to describe something, such as a parcel delivery, that is affected by an issue. What I'm looking for is supposed to ...
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(In)formal equivalent for “Sword of Damocles” concept

What are the formal and informal equivalents (idiom or word) for the situation which Sword of Damocles could describe that? From Cambridge Dictionary, Sword of Damocles means: If you have a sword ...
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A particular time when someone will/may/is supposed to be tried/executed/punished

A time/date/something like that when someone is supposed to be tried/punished/executed or will be tried/punished/executed for something evil that he has done (people may or may not be aware of it)
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Is there a word for “enabled-ness”?

I have a feature of a device that I can enable or disable. When this state changes (from enabled to disabled, or disabled to enabled), an alert is sent to me. However, if a change is attempted that ...
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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Visual conversion of numbers to letters

I've looked around the internet, but have been unable to find a word, or words, that simplifies the phrase: conversion of letters to visually similar numbers (or vice versa, numbers to letters). For ...
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member of a political party [closed]

Is there an expression that means a member of a political party, who often comments rashly in a way that contradicts the party line? I'd appreciate your help.
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What is a adjective to describe someone who gives good advice? [closed]

I can't think of another word other than 'wise'.
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Term for person who puts the good of others before himself to an unhealthy point where he suffers greatly

"You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm". If you wanted refer to the kind of person this quote talks about, what name/term would you use? I am looking for a single ...
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Term for calling a non-programmer who has an effective, important role in a project [closed]

What is the official term (within a (software) project organization) for calling someone who is not a programmer however (s)he plans the nuts and bolts of the system, it goals, challenges and ...
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What is it called when you coin a different version of a word that already exists?

I was in a college class the other day and someone was struggling to think of the word "invalidate". Much to my amusement, they landed on "devalidify" instead. Is there a word or phrase for such a ...
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A word that means a tendency or condition to think that every event is connected to another

In the movie a beautiful mind, Russell crowe plays a character who is crazy genius and sees connections between every event. He has has it all figured out in his files, trails leading to the sorce in ...
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What is “immaculate English”?

A row has broken out in London over a restaurant which stipulated in an advertisement for waiters that they should be able to speak "immaculate English". Allegations ensued that this was a cover for ...
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Word for someone who wants to know everything about everything

With Youtube, I find myself learning about everything - in depth! Is there a word for someone who is a visual learner, who desires to learn everything about anything and everything? I am not a ...
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Whom or “of whom”?

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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Dubious Uniqueness

What is a word to express a lack of uniqueness without requiring duplicity? That is to say, how can I describe a subject that may either be unique or a duplicate? normal common ordinary etc. all ...
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Equivalent English word for the concept of “Särskrivning” in Swedish

In Swedish the word "Särskrivning" describes the incorrect splitting apart of compound words into individual words and the resulting change in meaning. An English example I can think of: groundhog vs. ...
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A word that describes the act of running a company [closed]

Is there a word that describes the act of running a company? Preferably a single word.
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Which is the correct orthography?

Which is the correct orthography: "Four month-time"; or "Four months' time"; or "Four months time"; or "Four months-time"?
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Assuming a question is relating to one's own culture

So if I read, for example a question on SE, and I automatically assume it is related to my own culture rather than another, what is that called? I thought it would be ethnocentric, but it seems to ...
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A word for something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try

A word that describes something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try. One example I can think of is trying to lick one's elbow. A contortionist can do it but not everyone else. We sure ...
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Word for the punishment of sin?

What word describes karmic punishment of a sin committed? Divine punishment. "Retribution" is close but is not "biblical enough". "Penance" is close to what I'm looking for, but the punishment ...
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Word for Not No?

I'm looking for the semantic not(no), as one word. I'm exploring languages through orthography. I can easily identify the opposite of yes as no. Is there a word for not no?
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What is a less strong word for “proof”?

I often make mathematical claims in some of my class. However, at this point, I recognize that anytime I attempt to "prove" something, more often than not there may be a flaw in my proof. This puts ...
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It is a chimera and that's a centaur. What kind are they?

I have seen on movies like Narnia and games like god of war certain creatures that are made up of both animal and human parts. I used to call them hybrid creatures but is there a specific name for ...
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A word for eating and drinking, and a word for taking a substance

Is there a single word that describes act of drinking and/or eating? And is there a single word that describes the act of taking a substance?
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A word that means the desire/want/need to do something wrong/naughty/immoral but not life-threatening

It can be a kid wanting to eat the second tub of ice cream because his parents said not to. It can be jumping over the fence to get inside of a football stadium and make out. It is about the itch of ...
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What is the term for re-writing an handwritten book with a word processing program?

What is the term used for the processes in which a historian will read a handwritten book and then re-write its content in a book form using word processing program? This process involves deciphering ...
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“Perception” is to “recognition” as “execution” is to what?

I may not be using the right words for this analogy. "Perception" and "execution" are intended to have contrasting meanings. By "perception" I mean the reception of data. By "recognition" I mean the ...
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What will you call this octagonal shape?

Let's say that this image (assume if it has eight sides, if not already)- is placed on top of this image (an octagonal prism) - What will the resulting shape be called ?
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What is a word for “moving place to place, stopping at each to make a delivery”?

Ex. "She _______ed around campus, stopping at each familiar classroom to deliver a farewell gift to her teachers."
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What is the word for doing a mission?

I am looking for a word to describe the "doing" of a new mission. In context, I would like to say something like (or hear as an announcement in the news): The Bohemian Space Agency has just ____ ...
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Subjects of the Lord (God)

I'm looking for a word that defines the subjects/things that have a Lord (with respect to the Divine) over them. The closest that I have come across is exercise lordship over from Bible Truth ...
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A Pigeon house or something else?

Is there a word meaning a place where pigeons are kept and held? In the Middle East, some people have a place on their roof to keep pigeons. Sometimes, this place is like a big cage and sometimes it ...
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Word for someone who does not accept the fact because he belongs to a different group

I belong to political party A and my friend belongs to party B. Whenever I present the fact with proper data, he still doesn't accept it telling some reasons not to accept the fact. Is there any word ...
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A word to describe something that is desired only because it is rare

By rare I mean either nobody else has it or very few people possess it. I have seen veblen goods and snob effect. I use them whenever I have the need for such a concept but do so when I have time to ...
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A word for a labeled behavioral pattern

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a labeled behavioral pattern that we might observe in someone. For example: A person whose focus is primarily on getting promoted, might be labeled a ...
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one word for collection of light beams

In a cave, through a series of openings, beams of light fall inside. so that the darkness is punctuated with beams of light like so : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Forest-sun_01.JPG. ...
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What do you call this sitting pose or position that sad or depressed people adopt?

What do you call this pose/ position that we adopt when we are very sad or depressed? (For example; when we feel heartbroken or have lost someone or something important.) P.S. I know that some people ...
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Word for displaying the percentage of works hours logged by employee

In a project we need to display percentage of work done by the employee. For example in a week of 40 hrs, employee only logged in 20 hrs of work. Then we need to display 50%. That percentage can be ...
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Is there a word that means “forced into somewhere despite not fitting”?

Eg, what is a toddler doing when they force a square peg through a round role? More abstractly, what would you call it when you try to describe something via a model that doesn't really fit, and you ...
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Is there a word to collectively refer to “the things on the office table”

For example, "Confectionaries" is to refer to all kinds of candy. I'm looking for a word to describe all sorts of things one might find on the office table (pen, paper, paper clips etc)
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Can you “commemorate” something bad?

Strictly speaking, from an etymological standpoint, there is no reason to suppose "commemorate" should imply either a positive or negative connotation of what is being remembered. That said, it feels ...