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Word for emotionally intense situation?

This may be a somewhat archaic word, but I recall learning it from Nabokov's Lolita. It has that 'vortex','spasm' sort of phonetic similarity lying on the tip of my tongue...
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Single word for “inguinal crease”

Is there a single word for "inguinal crease"? In order of preference (most preferable at the top): everyday English name medical term nickname slang Anyway it should be a single word. Thanks. ...
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Noun for something that is randomly chosen?

Example: Since the murderer didn't know the victim, the detectives assumed the murder was a [...]. This is just an example, though, I'm not looking for a word for that kind of crime. Just a ...
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complimenting “a” by demeaning “b”

I am wondering if there is an individual term or phrase that describes the occurrence of complimenting one thing by directly putting another thing down. An example could be if Abe says "I really ...
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What might the feminine form “mathematician” be? [closed]

With varying degrees of seriousness we have the following gendered role variants: Comedian / comedienne Master / mistress (sort of...) Dominator / dominatrix Singer / songstress Dude / dudette Now ...
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What do you call someone who puts a hit out on someone? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for someone who hires a hitman or assassin?
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What noun describes the relationship between a container and a containee? [duplicate]

For example, the relationship between two things that overlap is called or is described by their "overlap" or "intersection". What word or words might have the same role in describing the ...
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Verb meaning “to act pedantic”

I am trying to find a verb which can be used to indicate that someone is acting pedantic. I first considered "pedanticise", but, having found only one source for this, I thought I'd broach the ...
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Is there an English equivalent to “Presque vu”

Is there an English equivalent to "presque vu": the feeling that something is on the tip of your tongue? Usually, I hear "on the tip of my tongue", however, I am curious to know if there are other ...
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Is there a word that describes the phrase “hope for the best,expect the worst”? [closed]

The meaning of that word doesn't have to have the exact same meaning but something close enough.
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Word to describe something of something of something

What is a word for recursion/nesting of an entity in English ? I'm looking for a word that replaces the colloquially used -ception suffix. A generic term that encapsulates all nested attributes. For ...
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Word to explain “the exact required quantity” neither too much nor too little

Is there a word in English a quantity of something that is exactly as much as needed, neither more, nor less. For example: going into details exactly as much as it is needed, not more, not less...
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What is it called when someone uses your name to describe an act?

I often hear people say, for example: Uh oh.. he's done a Bob (Bob being the name of a person who does such acts, the act being anything) Is there a word for that? What would you call that?
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People from my country in a word [closed]

I want to write a sentence something like this - > I like to meet people of my native origin(country, city, town and so on). How can i write the things that are in bold in one word - > I like to ...
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Single word to describe some tasks performed sequentially

I'm searching for a single word to describe a session made of independent tasks performed sequentially. For example when you go to a medical center (this is the context where it has to be used then ...
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2answers
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Single word for kingliness and manliness [closed]

Is there a single word for kingliness and manliness combined together?
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Is there a word or phrase for “studying word by word very deeply”

Let's say someone is studying a Biology book, but the technique is a bit different than usual. Not only memorizing many words on the book, but also always searching scientific article related to ...
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1answer
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Is there a word to describe mother in law's brother in law

What is mother in law's brother in law called?
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8answers
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*A neutral alternative to “notable”

What is an appropriate term to use when describing a polarising book (or other work) which has received widespread attention, indicating both its importance and controversial nature without "taking ...
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7answers
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Seeking single word denoting a word pair in which one cannot exist without the other

Years ago a friend told me about word pairs in which one word cannot exist without the other word. The example he used was inside and outside. That is, inside cannot exist without its necessary other ...
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Feel Good but Meaningless Phrase [duplicate]

I am looking for a word that describes general phrases that makes one feel good but has no real meaning, such as, "I'm for tolerance." Well, maybe in some things you are but in others you aren't ...
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What do you call a person that goes to extreme ends to accomplish a goal?

I've been trying to find a single word that describes a person that will go to extreme ends to achieve a goal. For example, a person that would harm friends or leave behind a path of destruction to ...
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Translation of a German word: “Gutmensch”

The word "Gutmensch" consists of gut = good Mensch = human Sounds like a compliment but actually the word is very insulting. It describes someone who (for example) is not able to take ...
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Word that encompasses 'everything', in the sense of both the Natural and the Supernatural [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a word that includes 'everything' there is, including the supernatural. I don't believe that the word reality is what I want, nor is the word universe, for both of these, ...
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How may you call an object that is used for something other than its intended purpose? [duplicate]

If I was to use or misuse an object that is intended to fulfil a certain purpose for another purpose. For example the purpose of a chair is to sit on. But I can stand on it too. Of course it remains ...
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What do I call the collection of different versions of a file?

At work, we have all the versions of reports we are working on in individual folders. Eg. all 8 drafts of our last report were put in the same folder along with the final version. How do I explain ...
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What's the word or phrase to describe this behaviour?

I watched an online video. Unexpectedly, I've same experience that my friend said exactly with this last bolded sentence in the video's conversation. Stranger: Which train do I have to take to get ...
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A fee for entering a convention

What is the name for a fee paid for entrance to a convention or other similar event?
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Word meaning to 'beat to the punch' or to act to mitigate they're anticipated is going to happen

There's a word that's escaping me at the moment. For example, if a politician has sent some risque texts to his intern, and he knows that she's going to take them to the media, he might call a media ...
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Word or phrase for “people who fake niceness temporarily to get benefits” [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase for "people who fake niceness temporarily to get benefits"?
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Good news for me, bad news for you

I will be telling my employers that I am moving which could complicate life for them but it is a great step for me; a leap in fact. I am searching for a word that will help me deliver some news that ...
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What is the word for nouns that used to be specific, but are now ambiguous? [duplicate]

I once discovered a word with a fascinating description but have forgotten it. The word refers to nouns that at one time meant something very specific, but would now be ambiguous and needs an ...
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Is there really no word / phobia for a 'fear of becoming fat'?

Is there really no word / phobia for a 'fear of becoming fat'? All I can find are things like 'Pocrescophobia' and 'Obesophobia', which don't even show up in any dictionaries from what I can tell. ...
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8answers
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Word for falling in love with dead person after seeing their picture [closed]

Suppose someone falls in love with someone who's dead, by seeing his picture or by hearing about him. What would this person or situation would be called?
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Name for someone whose interest might be to discredit one's results by trying to find hypothetical mistakes?

What do you call a person whose interest might be to discredit your results by trying to find hypothetical mistakes? This person does not seem to focus on solving a problem with pragmatism. Is there a ...
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A word for someone complaining about the complaint

I see it now and then, someone posts critique against something, perhaps a bit attacking, and gets a reply from another person in the style of "stop complaining", "you don't know what you're talking ...
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1answer
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The family unit led by an aunt or uncle

I need this word rather frequently in conversation and it bothers me that I don't know it. This word is the name of the family unit belonging to an uncle or aunt, or both. Similarly, the word for the ...
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Making a concept or a view “more present”

Is there a word or expression for the process of making a concept, an index or a view more present? That is, in people's minds and in the public or social sphere? Notes: I'm interested in a word ...
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Word for something that “helps solve a problem”

This is the sentence I'm writing The system requires a stiff solver and appropriate ______, such as the Jacobian Matrix Pattern I've been thinking of workarounds, but the example given is not ...
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1answer
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Lift is for car so what is for bike?

The word lift generally means for car. Then what is for bike? Eg: Can I get a lift? Meaning, can I ride in your car? Similarly, I want to know how can we say for "Can I get a lift with you on ...
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What do you call a person who believes technology is a panacea?

When Someone: Strongly believes that technology can address (nearly) all issues facing humanity, possibly to the exclusion of other means. Exclusively or predominately Favors/promotes technological ...
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1answer
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Word that includes envelope and fax transmission

I'm writing a document where I want to say "included in this ______ is a copy of x, y, z." I'm both mailing it and faxing it so I'm not sure what _______ should be. I've considered the words ...
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What is a word that means it can be described but doesn't exist in the dictionary? Not duplicate question.(Read carefully)

A description of something you want to explain summed up in one sentence that is impossible to put in the form of one word. There are words such as lacuna or lexical gap and systematic gaps and so on, ...
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What to call someone whose partner is dead

Is there any particular word for a person whose partner (love) has passed away? Like he/she is keeping lonely now, crying or silent all the time because they miss their dead partner.
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Is there a word for someone or something that literally defies the laws of physics? [closed]

There is a substance called 'Magic Sand' (hydrophobic sand) that stays 100% dry when taken out from underneath water. It isn't a trick but nature therefore technically not magic I'm an atheist that ...
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Word(s) that emphasize or magnify the separator rather than the separated

One can say, “Trees separated by fences”, or “Posts split by comments”; or use the active, “Fences separate the trees” and “Comments split the posts”. The mind's eye may see posts with the first ...
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1answer
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Looking for a word to semantically represent the input data to a template

I am trying to come up with a very specific semantically narrow term for the information/data that fed into a template to materialize an output. data, info, input and the like are to generic and ...
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A word meaning “able to be muted”

The word "mutable" means changeable, rather than "able to be muted". Is there a word that carries this meaning?
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Do you have a better way to cater to the need to express something as being “uncatered” to?

I needed "cater" as an adjective today, and I didn't enjoy how it worked out; and not only due to the spell checked thumbing its nose at me. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uncatered appears ...
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One word for “important matters”

I am looking for a single word to fit in a phrase such as I sent him a letter about the important matters in my life. or I love to speak with my friend concerning important matters in our ...