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Is there a better noun form of “unreasonable” than “unreasonableness?”

I simply can't bring myself to use unreasonableness, but can think of no synonym or alternate form with comparable meaning. I'll restructure if necessary, but wonder if I'm missing a suitable ...
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What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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“Paintings on walls and ceilings” and “painting of portraits, landscapes”

I am creating a portfolio of painter's works and I need to categorize them. There will be two global categories: Paintings on canvas Painting on walls and ceilings The paintings on canvas divide ...
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“Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? I'm trying to find a word that is the counterpart to "dependent", i.e. refers to the one who the dependent relies ...
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Can you call someone who chooses to quit his/her study in college as alumnus?

Oxford dictionary on alumnus: a male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university Oxford dictionary on dropout: a person who has abandoned a course of study or who ...
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Words that describe food and eating [closed]

I'm writing a piece that relates to food and eating and am looking for adjectives that describe both. I just picked up the word prandial and that piqued my interest. Are there any similar words out ...
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Is there a better name for this than “emphatic and”?

In semi-poetic writing, I have had occasion to deviate from the standard prose list practice (interpose commas or semicolons between items, with an "and" preceding the final item), by utilizing a ...
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Headline Language

Is there a particular term for the abbreviated language used in headlines (removed of at least articles and conjunctions)?
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What is the category name to describe “day”, “night”, or “dusk”?

I'm applying tags to a set of recorded data files, and I have to classify by when the recording appears to be taken (if it's light or dark). TimeOfDay: Day TimeOfDay: Night TimeOfDay: Dusk ...
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flight connection, airlink, or connecting flight?

If you want to know if there are flights from airport A to airport B, what do you ask? -Are there flight connections between airport A and B? -Are there airlinks between airport A and B? -Are there ...
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What is a term for describing words that sound similar in a pleasing manner when used together?

I want to describe words which produce pleasure effect as they are similar sounding. For example, I want to describe the similarity in the pronunciation of Vinni, Vijji, Vikki Amit, Sumit
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One word for “easily understood”

What is a one word substitute for something which is "easily understood"? I can think of clear but I guess there are other better words. Edit 1. Will the answer be different for easily ...
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Collective noun for “facts”

I'm looking to refer to a group of facts and I'm not sure what the best term to use for them would be. From what I can tell there isn't any sort of standard collective noun for facts, so it's going ...
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A word that means “of few words” or “without words”

I assume that in English there is a word for everything, and I am looking for one that roughly means "of few words" or "of no words". The closest I could think of is non-verbal, but it sounds a bit ...
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Antonym of “recurrent” [closed]

What is the antonym of recurrent? This is like I have to few activities which I have to perform each month so these are recurrent but there are few activities which I only perform once. So what should ...
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Word for “buying more expensive items to go with the expensive item you actually want”

I have been searching for a word that describes this phenomenon: If a person buys an expensive item, it leads to them buying more expensive items to go with it.
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Are there any words that are spelled the same but have separate etymologies? [closed]

There are many words that are spelled the same but have different meanings due to development of polysemy over time from an original etymology. Are there any word pairs in English that have the same ...
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What is the word for an applied template? [closed]

The notion of a template is that it is abstract and can be applied to future instances. Is there a word that means an instantiated template? I'd prefer something that specifically refers to the fact ...
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Word for two people who are the same age [closed]

What do you call two people with the same age? I'm not looking for age range or age group.
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What is the opposite of “free” as in “free of charge”?

What is the opposite of free as in "free of charge" (when we speak about prices)? We can add not for negation, but I am looking for a single word.
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“To delete” is to “deletion” as “to discard” is to what?

"To delete" is to "deletion" as "to discard" is to what?
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“To make terse” (an insufficiently prolix title)

I often find myself editing prose to remove needless verbiage. Is there a word for this process? It comes up frequently enough to be useful. I sometimes say that I tightened the wording, but perhaps ...
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What's the Best English word for 6 months in this group: daily, weekly, quarterly, 6 months, yearly? [duplicate]

While writing programs, I need to create a drop down for setting periods, like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Using one year as a time frame. This question is driven by lack of a better word. I've had ...
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If annual means one year, is there any word for two,three, four.. year [closed]

From WordWeb: Annual: Occurring or payable every year What is the corresponding single word for occurring every two year, three year, four year etc. I understand that it's surely not exhaustively ...
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“Sl*t” term for males

"Slut" can have two meanings: an immoral woman, or prostitute a dirty and slovenly woman I would like a term for men that is the equivalent of the second meaning. Is there a term for describing a ...
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Word for 'Lacking a subject'

The poet Medbh McGuckian often lacks subjects in her sentences, for example: "From behind the moon boys' graves \ bleed endlessly" ~ From Love Affair with Firearms She doesn't ever define the ...
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A word or phrase for “someone who learns from their mistakes” [closed]

What would be a word or short phrase for "someone who learns from their mistakes"? I thought of insightful, but am not satisfied with it.
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Is there a word for a person with only one head?

Reading this article by the fantastic Douglas Adams I came across this interesting quote: ‘[I]nteractivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal ...
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Is there a word for someone who really has their act together [closed]

Is there a word for someone who really has their act together? Someone who has their time well-managed, is focused, works out, has ambitions, eats right. Not necessarily success, but there's a kind of ...
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One word for someone who doesn't care about anything

A pessimist is someone who always considers negative outcomes of a situation, whereas an optimist always considers the positive outcomes. Is there a word for someone who, in any given situation, ...
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What's a word for avoiding a question with a generic (fake) answer?

Examples... Q: Why is the sky blue? A: Because God made it that way. (A kid to their parent) Q: Why do I have to clean my room? A: Because I said so. What is it called when someone ...
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What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle?

Compact Discs, washers and Aerobie frisbees are all disks with a hole in the middle. Is there a word (either mathematical or not) to describe this shape? I mean the specific case of a round hole in a ...
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A word for a worldly wise person who pretends to be naïve?

What is a word for someone who is experienced and wise, but who deliberately acts naïve? I don’t intend it for sarcastic use; I’m trying to describe someone succeeding in making people think that ...
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Is there a polite alternative to “No thanks, I'm full”?

English is not my native language, but when I was studying in the US, I was always trying to find an alternative to I'm full! I felt that it was a very improper way to express that I have eaten ...
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Is there a word for someone with the same name?

If a person shares my name, in Dutch there is the word "naamgenoot", meaning roughly 'member of the same name'. John A: Hi, my name is "John" John B: O, then we're insert solution word here! ...
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What is the error called when two letters are mistakenly swapped?

Generally this may be called typo but when particularly two letters of a word are mistakenly swapped, what is this error called? Some examples: teh > the fromat > format comptuer > computer
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What is a word for a question that has no answer because it is seemingly invalid?

A friend of mine posted a riddle on Facebook involving adding money and then subtracting money. It ended with a question asking where $1 went, but the trick was that there was no discrepancy, so the ...
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Is there a word that means “doing the right thing for the wrong reason”?

Is there a word that means doing the right thing for the wrong reason or getting the right conclusion from the wrong set of presumptions?
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Is there a name for synonyms that appear to have opposite meanings?

The words flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, but (to someone unfamiliar with their meaning) appear to be opposites (because of the "in" prefix). Is there a name for such word pairs that ...
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What is the word to describe “the gaining of full control over an ability or power you already have”?

For example, a Jedi is born with powers, but must learn how to control them in order to use them. What's the one best word for this? I have _ _ _ my power. The word is in the back of my head ...
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A single word for someone who is quick to hate others

What is a single word to describe someone who is quick to hate others? With anger we can say quick-tempered, but what about quick in hating other people/easily hates others. Hateful means full of ...
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Is there a name for this type of insult: “I am friends with many manly men. And Gary.”?

Is there a term or word appropriate to describe the trick of using a general term and then explicitly adding a specific term to strongly imply that the specific is not part of the general? The trick I ...
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Is there a term that defines nostalgia for something you've never experienced?

Often I find I have a sense of nostalgia for things I've never actually experienced, in a way that rivals the same sort of feelings I have for things I have experienced. For example when listening ...
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Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?

I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who likes chaos?

I am wondering if there is a word to describe a person who likes chaos. By this I mean a few specific things: The person is pleased to hear when chaos is created, or confusion emerges The person ...
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A short term for something like “satisfaction + frustration”

Imagine that you are waiting for something you really want to happen, like maybe buying a new gadget. Since you really want it, when you finally happen to get it you feel satisfied and happy. However, ...
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What is the word for the emotion I feel when I see someone being humiliated?

When I see someone else being embarrassed / humiliated, for example a singer forgetting their words in a concert, I would say something like "I feel embarrassed for them". But is there a better word ...
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Term for someone who has experienced many hardships

I was speaking with an acquaintance recently and a discussion came up in which I desperately needed a word to describe someone who has experienced many hardships throughout his life. Does such a word ...
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Is there an equivalent of “reverie” where one is lost in unpleasant thoughts?

To say "the noise outside shook her from her reverie" implies she was lost in pleasant daydreams. What if she was lost in worry or unpleasant thoughts? Is there an equivalent term (single word or ...
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Term for disrespecting people with lower social condition

What is it called if I have a good social condition (education, money, etc.) and I disrespect people with a lower condition?