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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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Is there a word for a horizontal 1D profile for depths below ground? [geology]

I am seeking a word to describe horizontal lines (1D) cut parallel to the (mean) ground surface. The context I need it for is a plot of some variable along a horizontal line at a specific depth below ...
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A word that means “to become one's name”

I'm looking for a word which indicates that a person has adopted a quality suggested by their name, e.g. a person named Grace who is indeed graceful, or perhaps someone named Shepherd who has become a ...
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Antonym of hagiography

Is there a one word antonym of "hagiography"? A word which means "a piece of writing that paints a biography in the most negative light possible"?
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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Is there a name for a word where all the letters are in alphabetical order

After this question, is there a word for a word where all of its letters are in alphabetical order? Examples of such words: AEGILOPS BILLOWY ALMOST (If the word in question is also one of those ...
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What do you call a registered taxpayer with no tax obligations?

What do you call a registered taxpayer with no outstanding tax-liability? I'll explain my hesitation with the term taxpayer: I take that payer means someone who pays money, so a taxpayer is someone ...
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Note without text and vice versa

Is there a word for (1) note marks in the text with missing corresponding description in the margin/foot, and (2) descriptions in the margin/foot with missing note mark in the text? I know of words ...
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What would be an English equivalent for the Mexican Spanish word tocayo? [duplicate]

In Mexican Spanish (not sure if other Spanish speaking countries use the word too) we call "tocayo" to those people that share the same name as us (but not necessarily the same last name i.e., Juan ...
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What is a word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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Once a super computer, but now no longer?

Is there a word that specifically means or makes reference to a computer that was once considered a super computer in its time, but due to rapid technological advancements, is no longer considered ...
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Initial smell is no longer recognized

What is the word for the phenomenon where a person's brain stops recognizing the initial smell of something? For example – the initial smell of one's own "constitutional duty." That smell will be ...
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Word for someone between technologically illiterate and literate

I know that you call someone who is familiar with technology "technologically literate" and someone who isn't "technologically illiterate" I am looking for a word for those who are in between those ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “commodity”?

The adjective would apply to the word dependence. I'd like to say commodital, but Google says it isn't a word.
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I am looking for a better term than “hidden and unwanted or damaging”

I am looking for a particular term used to express something that is hidden and unwanted or damaging. I would like to use this expression to coin a title that goes as: Unveiling <suggested term ...
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Is there a word for the mental state of laughter?

We speak of madness when someone is in a fit of anger, and being smitten when someone is in love(with someone), etc. But what about when someone just can't stop laughing? i.e, when someone is ...
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What would an appropriate fourth title be in the set “page, squire, knight”? [closed]

At work we have training levels for technical skills that are assessed by qualification tests. Currently there are three levels: page, squire, and knight. I need to add a new level, but from what I ...
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Is there a name for how the Irish use so, so?

There is an Irish English structural usage of the word so, that is I think unique to Ireland. Are we going to the cinema, so? Where is the dog, so? The word so is unneeded and seems to mean ...
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what is an equivalent for 'fitna'?

Fitna is a word in the Arabic language which, I believe has no equivalent in English only if 'Fitna' itself will enter English. One meaning to it is temptation or appeal, but it's not that which I'm ...
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Word/ phrase for satisfaction derived from helping others?

I am in search of a noun or concise, descriptive phrase for the satisfaction and joy one gets from helping others. I do a lot of community service and very much enjoy it, and I get an almost cathartic ...
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Is there a term for a highlighted option?

I'm curious - is there a term for a character that is used to denote a highlighted option in text-based navigation? For example, say we have this menu when navigating a text-only menu: One > ...
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Which word or phrase describes a situation where the answer is both a pro and a con?

Sometimes when people are enumerating the good and bad aspects of something, the same thing comes up in both the pros and cons. For example, a certain policy may be considered good because it ...
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Feeling like something impossible or paranormal is happening

I am trying to categorise sub-genres of Horror. For example I have "suspense", "gore", &c. Now I feel like one genre consists of producing an emotion that I cannot put a word to. Feeling like ...
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Adjective used to mean “smellable”

An object that can be seen is visible. Something that can be heard is audible. What's a similar word to indicate that something is smellable?
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Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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Is there a word like behold and hark but for any combination of sensory methods e.g. “be-sense”

I am looking for a word similar to behold and hark which applies to calling attention to or attending with senses to some phenomenon using any combination of sensory methods/channels (light, sound, ...
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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Beauty and beholder in respect to other senses

I've asked a question about olfactory's relation to observational and it got me thinking about other senses as well. There are five (or six if you're supernaturally believing), so, what are the exact ...
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A word which means the opposite of “something that works in parallel”

If I want to describe two things happening at the same time, I can use the words parallel or concurrently. In some cases, simultaneously would also work. More suggestions are available in the opposite ...
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What do you call it when you can't smell something?

The man who cannot see is blind. The man who cannot hear is deaf. The man who cannot talk is mute. What is the man who cannot smell?
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What is a person who smells things called?

I was authoring a letter and made a joke about body odor. Regarding the visual sense: "... the beauty is in the eye of beholder..." Regarding the olfactional sense: "... the fragrance is in the ...
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Words pertaining to the senses and the corresponding disabilities

I need help on finding words relating to the senses/perception. I mean this in a neuronic/biological or philosophy-of-mind kind of way. A word for... pertaining to the senses (Is it sensory?) ...
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A Word To Represent The 5 Senses

Working on a game and I need a single word that represents the 5 senses: smell, touch, taste, sound, and sight. At the moment I'm using "perception" which I don't think is adequate.
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Is there a word for “look and feel”?

"Look and feel" is a term commonly used in UI, software and web design, yet we have job titles such as Web Designer, Visual Designer, Front-end Developer, UX Designer but no Look and Feel Designer. ...
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“Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what?

For the senses, we have: flavor for taste aroma/odor/scent for smell sound for hearing ____? for touch/feel ____? for sight/see So one tastes a flavor, smells an aroma, hears a sound, feels a(n) ...
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Term for words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation

What do you call words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation? A couple examples are bass and resume.
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Words like “threshold”?

Threshold is pronounced like "thresh-hold" as noted in this question, however, what is interesting is that there is only one h in the word, and it serves two phonetic roles (being part of sh and as a ...
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Is there a term for someone performing worse at something because they are being watched?

Is there a term for a person performing worse at something because they are being watched? For example, a person makes more mistakes typing when someone is watching over their shoulder? Attempts to ...
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What could be the equivalent term in British or Australian English to the American English word “hillbilly”?

In Wikipedia, “hillbilly” is defined as: … a term referring to certain people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas of the United States, primarily Appalachia but also the Ozarks. Owing to its ...
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What word best means “disdain for the uncouth”?

I'm looking for a word that means: bigotry against, or disdain for, uncouth people. ('Misanthropy' is too general, I think.) This would sort of be the converse of anti-intellectualism. By 'uncouth ...
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Is there a term to describe words whose pronunciation bears no relationship to their spelling?

The English language is peppered with wonderfully weird spelling/pronunciation combinations. For example colonel, pronounced kur-nl, probably my favorite there isn't even an r in the word! ...
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What is the emotion for being glad of someone getting their just deserts

Is there a word for the feeling of satisfaction when someone 'bad' gets punished? For example, when watching a movie and seeing the villain finally get defeated, the audience feels a sense of... what? ...
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What is it called when words are deliberately written wrong but pronunciation is kept unchanged?

For example, Night -> Nite Nite even appears in some dictionaries as having the same meaning as night. What is it called when words are deliberately written incorrectly but the pronunciation ...
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Organizing into dimensions

I'm looking for a word for the process of organizing things into multiple dimensions. For example, if you had an online shoe store, you might want to decide to let customers filter your shoes by ...
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What is a more descriptive name for an event organized in the following way. I am sure it is not a webinar, although it was called that.

What would be a good descriptive name for an event organized in the following way. The participants are sent a YouTube link to a video containing a commented slideshow. They watch the video in their ...
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Word for describing a book with its sheets separated

What is a suitable word for describing a book that its sheets are separated from each other and its binding? The intended sentence is something like : He was holding a portion of my XXXXX copy of ...
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Word for a Person Skilled in Handicraft

I'm looking for a term to describe a person who is skilled in handicraft. Specifically, I have a friend who leaves me amazed with every drawing, painting, fimo figure, friendship bracelet, sculpture, ...