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Single word for “Questions about existence” [closed]

I am looking for a suitable title for an article that raises questions about why a particular thing X exists, what purpose does it serve etc.? I am looking for a single word that would replace "...
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What word describes when a presenter gives unhelpful advice?

I often attend software development conferences where the presenter will instruct the audience 'what' to do, without giving any explanation of 'why', or 'how' they should do it. For example, the ...
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A word or expression to describe photographers, film makers

Hello good people of the English stackexachange, Non-native English speaker here. I'm looking for a category name for people that use cameras (photo or video), drones, different kind of equipment, to ...
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A word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes

What is word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes or in general doing something one hates? I can't use [self-] "discipline" because I'm thinking along negative connotations almost of ...
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A word for clearing someone's misconception or wrong belief

Suppose someone believes that god created human beings and there was no evolution. I helped them realize the truth and removed their misconception or wrong belief. Usage: I ____ed him. Or I ____ her ...
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Can-do attitude but person go beyond limits

I am trying to find a single word for behavior stated below, When a manager assigns a task to an employee, they do anything to achieve the goals regardless of thinking what they are doing is ...
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Is there a word in English for a joke that isn't funny?

There are words like dad joke, lame joke, pj (poor joke) for a joke that isn't funny at all. Is there a single word for such jokes that are not amusing?
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What was the original word used in the expression “studiously avoiding their glance”

Formerly, there was a distinct word that sounded a lot like studiously and meant to pretend not to do or notice something. It hasn't been used much in a long time, but I remember John Fowles used it ...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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What are the leading or trailing days on a monthly calendar called?

Example sentence: When looking at the month view of an online calendar, users can toggle visibility of [whatchamacallit] days from adjacent months. When you look at a monthly calendar, and the ...
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What is a word for the number of failures of a system?

Most systems are designed to have a fixed amount of failures and for each failure a solution/maintenance provided by the manufacturer. What is the name of this property of a system which indicates the ...
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Is there a word for describing something by what it is not?

Is there a word for describing something by what it is not? For example if I describe a thing as odorless, tasteless, and colorless. The context is that of describing something divine.
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Adverb of Frequency for “Sprint” [closed]

Re: Agile Software Development - Is there an accepted adverb to describe an activity that happens once per Sprint? Following the pattern daily, weekly, fortnightly etc, the obvious answer would seem ...
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Adjective for describing a forehand shot in tennis that requires a lot of effort

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a forehand shot in tennis that requires a lot of effort (from hard hitter, baseliner, e.g. Thiem, Del Potro...) as opposing to an effortless, elegant forehand ...
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Term for condition in which one does things and remembers nothing

It maybe doing something in their sleep and not remembering or doing something but not remembering because of brain damage. The reason can be anything. The state of not remembering things done, that ...
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Adjective to describe someone who thinks everyone is driven by self-interest

I'm looking for a term to describe a person who thinks that everyone is driven by personal interest rather than by philanthropy or charity; someone who is pessimistic about people's intent (whether ...
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Is there a word for being impressed and horrified at the same time? [closed]

For example, if someone gruesomemly kills someone in a super impressive way...
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Word related to physical attraction of smoking?

A long while ago I happened upon a trivia website that mentioned there's a word related to the act of smoking being attractive -- either that smoking is becoming of a certain person, or that a certain ...
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Is there a particular term for adjectives like “bovine”, “ursine”, “simian” etc?

I have long wondered if there is a term for adjectives like "bovine", "ursine", "simian": words which might be used to qualify characteristics of a class of objects, for example: ... with a focus ...
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What's a word or phrase that means 'take advantage of someone's psychological weaknesses'?

I'm looking for something that's catchy and succinct. 'Exploit' is a good word for 'take advantage of' but it doesn't take into account someone's psychological weaknesses.
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Word or phrase for “Walking by and ignoring someone”?

I am looking if there is any single word or phrase. The context is It’s not the first time when he had duty at gate and someone had ignored him while going their way to the station.
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Noun meaning “something destructive”?

I am trying to think of a noun that describes things that are destructive. More specifically, a noun describing all devices and chemicals that cause destruction, encompassing explosives and chemicals ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't flinch, regardless on what's happening around them [closed]

A person who doesn't have any regards for the events of his/her surroundings.
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Single word to describe a single planet and all its moons?

I have a collection of planets around a sun in my game, and each planet can have a set of moons. I'd like to know how to call such a single planet and moons system. This is in distinction to all the ...
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What do gunslingers do with their hands?

In movies and games with cowboys when they are in a duel their fingers are almost about to get their guns, but then their fingers just start wiggling. IN this specific motion what are gunslingers ...
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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Are there nouns for being secondary/tertiary/etc. like “primacy”?

I'm just wondering, as I've used primacy quite a lot but have never thought of other words like it.
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Word for judging and acting based on seriousness

Suppose I have to allocate financial resources to three different departments. I will judge or weigh their seriousness or need and then take action. What is a word for a such an action? Example ...
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What is this mark (-) called? [closed]

Address: #FloorUnit - #UnitNumber Example: #123 - #123 What is standard name of the "-" in between FloorUnit and UnitNumber? Make sense.
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What's the AmE and BrE for “tartaruga”

In Italian the the term "tartaruga" (turtle) is used also to refer to well defined abdominal muscles on the notion that they look like a turtle shell: Is there a slang/colloquial term or short ...
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Positive English word for Unmarried female non-virgin

Is there a positive word in the English language for an unmarried Female that has had sexual relations? What is a positive term for a non-virgin? I need the word for a poem title. In late 1950's, a ...
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A word/phrase for an action, which creates an equal and opposite reaction in another person

I have written the following piece (part fiction, part true story) and need to find a particular word to end the section in a way that makes the meaning clear: I recently witnessed an incident in ...
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Is there an English word for a period of 10000 years?

I am looking for a word for a period of 10000 years, similar to how millennium represents 1000 years. The closest match I came up with was myriaannum from myria- and annum. However, the metric prefix ...
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When someone phrases a question awkwardly to elicit a wrong response

I'm looking for a phrase that describes the situation when someone asks a question in a way to elicit an incorrect response. For example: Alice: Hey, Bob, have you never done drugs? Bob: Nope!...
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Word for Loss of Calibration?

What verb would mean "to lose calibration" through some (edited to clarify initial intent) intentional action? This would imply an object that previously was calibrated but intentionally changed to a ...
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Is there a word like 'Master' better fit for describing businesses?

How would you describe a company that has achieved mastery in a particular field? I feel that, even though 'master' gets the message through, it doesn't work very well in a business context. I'm ...
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Expression for someone who thinks bad things will happen and makes plans for it

I read an online article recently about psychology, which referred to a type of person who always expects bad things to happen. But rather than worrying or being unduly anxious about it, they plan ...
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What do you call a person who drinks alcohol with someone?

Someone you are drinking beer with. Someone who goes out for drinks with you. Not necessarily a close friend but is present during a drink with you.
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Unreasonable sense of unfairness

There may be a few, but I'm trying to remember a specific word for someone having a baseless sense of unfairness, along with the associated anger. Not entitled or spoiled, but basically the same ...
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Term to abuse one who doesn't deserve to be called a man

Say a gang of many men beat a single guy Tom. Tom is a right guy but the gang is of cheap mentality. So, Tom wants to use an abusive and demeaning word for the gang and says you all are "xxx". He ...
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“Approved” ? on technical data sheet

I'm translating a technical data sheet in Excel which employees use to record parameters from a particular working machine. Next to the parameters there's a column where at the end of the day they ...
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What would you call a person who has a bad reputation and tends to attract gossip?

I want to describe someone who has a bad reputation and tends to make people talk about him (in a bad way) because of how he behaves, before saying that he's actually passionate and kind. Overall, he ...
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Word for someone who is clever and smart but book-dumb? [closed]

What is a good adjective for someone clever/smart but book dumb?
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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 ...