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Word for something that is too idealistic and dangerous to pursue?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an effort or endeavour that is idealistic to the point of being dangerous and which is unwise to pursue. Perhaps, an example could be when people ...
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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use? I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a ...
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person providing identity for illegal operations

In electronic theft cashing out stolen money is a large problem: if you hack into someone's bank account and transfer the money to your bank account, the operation is trivially trackable to your name. ...
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What is a word in English that means “able to learn new things quickly”?

What is the English word to describe the following skill: “able to learn new things quickly”?
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Word for writing from memory

Is there a single word that means "writing from memory?" Just as when one recites a poem or speech, he or she reproduces it from memory verbally, is there a single word that expresses the same ...
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Single word for “pleasant to look at” [closed]

Consider: It is pleasant to look at. So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight. What would be a word for pleasant to look at? Something that's pleasant to my ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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One word - someone so scared that he can't move [closed]

I am not able to find an appropriate word to fill in for "scared". He was so scared, he couldn't move. He turned to stone. He was too shocked. He almost turned to stone and could not move. ...
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Something that is easy to learn, but rewarding to master

I'm looking for a word or phrase that expresses the idea that something can be done well at the beginner-level, but can also be extremely rewarding when someone reaches an expert level. The concept ...
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Synonym for “Fellow Sufferers”?

"They agreed to stay connected for hours in their provisional support group, looking for answers in their counterparts." I want to change the bold part to say that they all shared the same ...
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Looking for a single word for 'almost real in appearance'

I am looking for a single word for describing dolls that looks like real human beings.
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Is there a word for someone who does no work of their own, but criticizes the work of others?

I have a coworker who is notoriously lazy, hands off all her assignments, then when others do her work for her she is ridiculously critical of it. Is there a word for someone like this? My ...
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A word for “when you are looking at somebody but thinking something else”?

Is there a word for "when you are looking at somebody but thinking something else"? Like when you stare at somebody but you are thinking of something else.
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Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?

Let's say that I abhor doing a particular chore such as the dishes. Let's then say I intentionally do the dishes poorly. That way when my significant other sees the bad job I've done they stop asking ...
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What word sounds similar to “magnanimous” but means “impressively large”?

A friend of mine often uses the word "magnanimous" to mean "large and impressive in a positive way". Examples: "Look at this magnanimous snow!" "He had a magnanimous, bushy eyebrows." I understand ...
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Is there a one-word opposite of implausible?

If we use implausible as a stronger version of improbable, meaning "seemingly (but not absolutely) impossible", is there a word equivalently stronger than probable, e.g. "seemingly (but not ...
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What word describes the object for which a payment was made?

This came up with regard to a leasing software application. Occasionally lump sum payments must be made and the reasons the payments were made - i.e., the object paid for - must be documented. I ...
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Verbal equivalent of “correspondent” [duplicate]

one of the definitions of the word "correspondent" is a person with whom one converses through writing: is there a corresponding ;-) word for a person with whom one converses vocally (either in person ...
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Single word, noun, the act of increased intensity

What's one word that means, "the (current/ongoing) act of increasing in intensity"? I thought Intension had this secondary definition but I can't seem to find any reference.
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Opposite of Envy [closed]

I need a word that describes the opposite of envy in this situation. Example: If a mother sees another mom with a child who is well-behaved and makes good grades that mother might be envious, wishing ...
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Distinguishing between types of deliveries

I am currently writing on a document where I would want to distinguish between types of deliveries rather than just use the general term. The distinction would be made by goods. First, there are ...
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Use of 'late' for resurrected people

My question concerns the use of the word late when referring to someone who has died. Numerous fictional characters die and return to life again. Would it be correct to refer to them as the late ...
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“Lover of Life”: Biophile?

Looking for a single noun to title a funeral picture board where photos show the subject dancing, eating, drinking, reading, and laughing. I want to portray this man's love of life. Other photo ...
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Single or two word(s) for Task Assigned to me and its status [closed]

I need to maintain work sheet,For that I need to mention Project name in one column and in 2nd column i need to mention Task Assigned to me and its status. So I want to know how can I name 2nd column ...
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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Phrase to describe “re-reading an email you wrote, because it is just that good”

I want to describe a recurring situation that happens in the modern day when people craft an email that is "perfect" in that person's mind, and they end up re-reading the sent message over and over. ...
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A single word to describe going out

I need a word to describe going out and doing something, which is thought through but not necessarily fully planned. Like all of a sudden thinking "I want to go to a club" while sitting on your ...
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1answer
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What is the inverse of an orphan? [duplicate]

An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Is there a single English word to describe a parent who has lost all their children? If not, what is the most clear and concise description for this ...
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What's the word for the reversability of equal and opposite actions?

I'm trying to describe a desirable behaviour in user-interfaces (computer interfaces and machine interfaces) such that if you do the action and its opposite action once or more than once (assuming you ...
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What is that feeling one gets when they are about to sneeze?

You know you have a sneeze coming, and you do that, haah haaah, the nose gets this odd feeling but the sneeze doesn't happen. What's this feeling/thing called?
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Word for death by over eating?

If we are malnourished, we can die by starvation. Is there a word that is the opposite of starvation? We can die of _________ ?
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Door-to-Wall Relationship Words

What is a useful word for the relationship of a door to a door which is "in" the same wall? The best way I can think of to describe it is "the wall containing the door", but "containing" sounds very ...
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Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food

There is a good possibility I'm just crazy, but I wanted to use a word in a sentence the other day that I could not find in the depths of my memory. If it exists, it ends in -ification, and means ...
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What's the word for “too many but not good enough”?

There's a single word that I can't remember what it is.. the word I'm looking for is when there are many choices/points but no substance or not good enough. For example: too many kinds of ...
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What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?

When you shop for things in a supermarket, clothing shop, restaurant, etc., and you want to use your card to pay, you slide your Debit/Credit card through a machine. What is that machine called in ...
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Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?

Word to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics or other useless-in-game achievements? I'd go with overachiever but it doesn't sound like internet slang, nor is it very concise. Related ...
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What to call a fact/observation told by someone?

Examples: Speaker A: I thought he wanted to know about insects. Speaker B: But not [...] about them eating people! After he finished his [...] about seals. I think using fact ...
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Word for temporary obsession

Me and a friend were discussing something we experience (too) often: we discover some new concept or thing (for example "photography" or "knitting", can be anything) and become completely obsessed ...
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Is there a word for animals that have two arms?

I know there's bipedal for animals that have 2 legs, but what of animals with 2 arms?
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Word for releasing oneself from a hug

I'm looking for a more physical description, so ignoring "disengaged" for this purpose. But wouldn't mind hearing why it might still be a good option. "You were almost torn apart!" Fabian said and ...
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A word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency

I am looking for a word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency. To give a specific example, one might be seeing a random shopper drop their bag every time you enter a ...
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Word for “seriously considering”?

I'm looking for a word like "pondering", of "considering" which has the connotation that I am very likely to decide to do the thing I am pondering/considering. Thanks!
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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Slang word or term for WWII food ration stamps?

Does anyone know of a slang word or term that was used for food ration stamps in WWII?
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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Physical object, carried be a person, that represents an encumbrance

I believe a word currently exists that is used as a metaphor to mean something similar to, "a person is (willingly?) carrying a physical object, but there is no benefit to carrying (or transporting) ...
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Name and origin of writing with period after each word

It may be limited to the web ecosystem, but I've read a lot of those sentences lately, where each word is followed by a period. Examples: Oh. My. God. Best. Job. Ever. No. F***ing. Way. ...
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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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A word for a person who needs assistance?

What do you call a person who needs assistance in a general sense? This could be in terms of needing help finding something, or needing a small job done, or help understanding something, or getting ...
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What’s the word for somebody you know (sometimes well) but who isn’t your friend?

What is the English word for somebody who is not your friend, but you’ve know them even for years. For example, this might be a neighbor or somebody from school whom you see often enough but whom ...