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What's the antonym of “serendipitous”?

What's the antonym of "serendipitous"? I couldn't find any anywhere.
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Word for “less far” meaning the opposite of “further”?

Is there an equivalent like "further" of "less far"? "I still have energy, so I want to run further." vs "I am out of energy, so I want to run [word meaning less distance]"
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'Before or After' in one word

I'd like a single word to ask someone whether something happened 'before or after' whatever it is we're talking about. Occurring comes to mind but then you always say, did this occur before or after ...
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What is the perfect word/idiom/phrase for a situation when enforcement of a system is futile?

What is the proper English word for a scenario where a valid/lawful/best thing can not be established because other things are not at their best. For example, you are unable to enforce food hygiene ...
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Is there a term for a word that defeats its own purpose?

There are a few words that can possess an oxymoronic or paradoxical meaning that tend to defeat the entire purpose of the word. The most obvious example: This sentence is indescribable. ...
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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A word to refer to both physical objects and conceptual ideas

If I am referring to a number of concrete objects I can use multiple terms such as bodies, objects, things, etc. If I am referring to a number of abstract concepts I can also use many terms such as ...
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Informal way of saying “on the contrary”?

Example: The casual encounters didn't work for me, though. On the contrary, each of them left me emptier than before, made me feel guiltier than before. The only option I can think of is no. ...
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Is there a generic word in English that means “through time”?

I know "temporal" means "to do with time", but I'm looking specifically for a term that means "spanning time" or "over time". Not necessarily all time, as "eternal" would mean, nor do I want to ...
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Is there a word for ordinal numbers which enumerate non-overlapping periods of time?

I'm creating a database which holds information on measurements which I make with a device that holds a sample. Inserting the sample into the device creates unique boundary conditions which can never ...
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“proxyfing” vs. “proxifing” vs. “proxying” [on hold]

Is the process of getting something to work through a proxy server called proxyfing, proxifing, or proxying?
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Word for 'No Facial Expression'

As she turned to leave, the flower retailer immediately replaced his smile with ... I want to say he replaced his smile with his 'idle face' or his face without expression, but neither of those ...
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Word for birth year and death year?

When a deceased person is mentioned in a publication his or her name is often followed by parentheses and the year of birth and the year of death. There is a single word describing that information. ...
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What is a good single word to cover both save and share?

I'm trying to come up with a word that can be used in a menu in a piece of software where the options include saving to the user's computer, saving to the cloud and sharing on various social media ...
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What is a word for “detaining without trial”?

I read this in a news about the passing away of a prominent political figure. One of the critics mentioned that during the time when he was in power he used to "detain without trial" his political ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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A word that means “one is so rash about a political cause that even simple, unrelated things are misinterpreted”?

There is a connotation here of being a bit overzealous, maybe even unreasonable. Imagine the person who goes on a rant about environmental saftey when someone says "pass the butter".
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds. Is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? I.e: The machine ____. (moves back and forth, or ...
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A verb for “letting one be in some mental state”

Is there a verb for "letting one be in (some mental state)" or "letting one to experience ..." in the general sense? Here is just an example to demonstrate the usage of such word: let's say I want ...
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Is there a word that means “having to do with genre” or “with respect to genre”?

I'm trying to write a paper about artistic genres and adaptation, and it would be many times easier if I knew a word that meant "having to do with genre." I'd thought of using the word "generic," ...
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How to describe changing status of object

What is the correct way to say that I have changed the status of an object? I want to say that I have statused or status'd the object but the first gets underlined by my spell-checker and the second ...
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”? [closed]

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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A word for misheard lyrics [duplicate]

I read somewhere a word meaning misheard lyrics but I can't recall it. Started with an 'm', I think. Anyone?
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Are doggie bags still asked for?

Is the term "doggie bag" still used in the US and UK, and is it common to take home what you can't finish? What is the most appropriate way to ask for leftovers at restaurants to take home?
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word for trading for an item you do not want

I am writing a poster listing on one column items I have to offer, on the middle column items I want, and on a third rightmost column items I know my friends want. The header of the first column is ...
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A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?

The writings here are my confessions. is essentially what I mean to say, minus the implication of guilt, or, with more words, The writings here describe personal details about myself and my ...
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Word for ascribing animal-like mentality to humans (opposite of anthropomorphize)

I'm wondering if there is a word that, essentially, means the opposite of anthropomorphize- roughly, assigning animal-like attributes or mentality to a human. Beastialize doesn't seem to fit the bill ...
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Word or term for a bet where you have nothing to lose

Is there a single word or compact term for a bet where you are guaranteed to get your input back? Say you bet $1 on a dice roll and get $1 for each eye on the dice roll. Since the dice has a ...
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word meaning something that was sent specifically from me to someone else?

I am wondering if there is a single English word that refers to something that is specifically sent from me to another person, like a letter, or flowers, or a phone call. Sent doesn't work because ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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What a word for “navigate” that's more commonly associated with land?

According to Thesaurus it means guide along route, often over water. Are there other similar words but that are more commonly associated with land/terrain? Example: I found it difficult to [...] ...
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What is the name of this game? And what type is it?

I need to research more about this game strategies, but I don't know what is its name in English. The game is like this (the gadget is just named Picture Puzzle): The objective is to slide the ...
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Is there a word that means cheating but legitimate?

Is there a word that means cheating and legitimate at the same time? For example: I play a quiz game and set the number of questions to one. So, I get 100% of my answers correct. That's cheating, ...
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What is the action of writing with both hands simultaneously called?

I can write with both my hands so I am ambidextrous. But it means adept and deft in using both the hands equally. So if someone was exhibiting their skill of ambidexterity by writing something with ...
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Word for a Rare Feeling

I hope it's not too rare, but at least 1 other person has confirmed having experienced a similar feeling. Small, ordinary things can trigger it, in ordinary situations. Then I sometimes get the ...
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A word for someone who is overly cautious? [closed]

I am thinking along the lines of a hypochondriac, only not necessarily limited to health. "Overly anxious" comes to mind but I don't think it fits exactly... In context: 'I don't want to come ...
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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How would you describe an operator which has no fixity? [closed]

Traditionally mathematical operators are either prefix, postfix or infix. All the three forms of notation are equivalent and can be converted from one to another. Formal systems such as programming ...
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A noun to describe character sequences between words

I'm creating a formal system in which a sentence can be formed by four types of sequences of characters: Words Prefixes Suffixes Sequences in between words What noun would you use to describe a ...
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Word describing one who is not aware of their own actions?

I'm reading a book and writing an essay where I need to describe the main character's personality traits, but I can't quite find the word for "unaware of one's actions."
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What is the proper name for the corkscrew at the top of a soda bottle?

At the top of a bottle of pop, there is a corkscrew pattern into which the plastic cap is twisted, tightened and sealed. What is the name of this feature of the bottle?
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What do you call someone who always talks a situation in their favor?

What do you call someone who always talks a situation in their favor? For example, Tom tells Mary that she has a piece of meat stuck in between her teeth. Mary replies "Oh I purposely left it there". ...
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Describing “not knowing what to do” (as a response to an unexpected event that happened)?

Is there a good word or a great expression that describes not knowing what to do (as a response to an unexpected event that happened)? Something uncanny happened, and I do not know what to do. ...
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Adjectives that describe the general shape of fishes

My question has to do with the adjectives one can use to describe the very general shape of a fish if we think of these three axes: tail-to-head axis back-to-belly axis side-to-side axis Question ...
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Word for the people whom you inspire

People who are inspired by me might say "Imray is my inspiration". But what word can I use to describe the people whom I inspire?
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What do you call someone who finds everything

I'm trying to define a character for a short story I'm writing, but I'm having a hard time defining him. He has the ability to find everything. What you do call someone who can find ...
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How do we describe the molecule of Water (H2O) in English by the way of tradition/science or native/slang in the U.S.? [closed]

I don't know how to say the water molecule in English, Just use "Water Molecule" or any other scientific description?
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Words describing types of justification given

There are words to modify justifications or reasons given. One means "the real motive", and the other means "a plausible explanation, but not the true motivator". I searched quite a bit, but was ...
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Is there an expression or word to describe a person who does something that is unnecessary?

Is there a single word or phrase that describes a person who: Does something that is not important or is unnecessary AND Does not do something that is important or necessary? I would appreciate it ...