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“omni”-prefixed word for “all seeing”?

Is there single word that means "all seeing"? From what I can tell, omniscient is often used to cover this, but that more accurately means "all knowing". It likely stems from a presumption that if ...
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A word for when you are almost crying, but not quite yet? [duplicate]

You know how sometimes you want to cry, but do not cry. Maybe a few tears are shed, but you mostly just choke up. The urge to cry is there, perhaps overwhelmingly, but you suppress it somehow and ...
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What's it called when you unfairly wrong someone just because you don't like them?

For example: if a teacher marks a students work down just because they don't like the student. Or if a McDonald's worker only fills your coffee cup half way because they remember the last time when ...
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Single word that can be used for both tip/gratuity and donation

I am writing a web api and a single field is used for both tips and donations. Is there a single word that works for this? I've thought of things like "additional" (not descriptive enough) and "extra ...
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Term for someone who feel the need to learn

Is there any specific term for someone who feel the need of constantly learning something new ? like a learning disease. What should the appropriate term be?
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Name of character combinations that show faces?

What would a "face" using ASCII characters be called (Such as ":)", "-_-". "0.0" I have heard the word "emoji" used for this but I thought emojis were the picture equivalent (Like these). So what ...
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A single word that means “mental reaction speed”?

I'm searching for a single-word descriptor that means "mental quickness", "mental reaction speed" or very similar with little additional connotation (unlike alacrity or wits). EDIT: The word has to ...
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Preventive vs Confrontive mechanisms

I call (and I'm not alone in this idea) a mechanism that protects a system from entry by malicious users a preventive mechanism. On the other side, what should I call a mechanism that deals with ...
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a single word for a person who wins prize [closed]

I would like to know a word that stands for a person who gets on the stage and receives award.If I were an announcer or a presenter,how would I invite persons who win prizes to the stage...Can I just ...
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A word to describe someone who acts contrary to their own self interest?

Last week I remember seeing this fancy word that described people who acted opposite or contrary to there own self interest. I can't remember the word and it is driving me insane. The word Akrasia ...
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Would Religiophobia be an accurate word for dislike of religion? If not, what word is?

Other options I have seen include religiovilia and misallodoxia. Which of these would be the best/most correct for a dislike (not fear) of organized religion? If none are, what word would be?
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Is there a word for the end of a bridge?

I would like to say that someone is standing at the end of a bridge, waiting to meet someone else. Is there a word for the end of the bridge, besides just 'end'? I'm thinking something like a ...
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What is the correct verb for “driving” a boat? [duplicate]

How do you describe driving a boat? Is is correct to say drive a boat steer a boat sail a boat?
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Another word for “expropriate”, or an antonym for “privatize”

While writing this comment on the "Despise the rich" question: Well, during the October Revolution, the bolsheviks overthrew the bourgeoisie and the peasants overthrew the kulaks, expropriating ...
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What is an antonym for mnemonic?

The English language has evolved in such a way that it seems to undercut itself. For example, the large number of irregular verbs. It’s almost as though the language wants its speakers to forget that ...
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word for 'ready in a minute' [closed]

there is a word for lies like 'ready in a minute' 'I'll be right there''back in a moment' etc. What is it? Is there a website with definitions for such?
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What do you call the term for a made up word composed from two different languages?

Testing a child's language proficiency he answered "Swimar", when asked to say swim in Spanish (the correct answer would have been nadar)
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Word to describe a person who tolerates other people's mistakes

A close friend of mine is a tech support and I'd like to give him card and compliment on his tolerance for (sometimes silly) mistakes. I'm looking for a word to describes a person that tolerates ...
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Sneak vs snuck?

Modern English has changed the way we say "sneak". Nowadays, the word "snuck" is used in many phrases and books. Which one is the correct verb to use in this phrase? He sneaked/snuck around the ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?
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What do you call psychological diseases that affect many people at once (or many people of a society)?

I am talking about diseases such as the Jerusalem syndrome, the Paris syndrome, and the Dancing Plague of 1518. Is there a general name for such diseases?
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1answer
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Pejorative term for graduate student

Is there any pejorative term to designate a graduate student? (E.g. in French thésard is often used pejoratively, while doctorant is always neutral).
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What do you call an 'unselfish' action made with a selfish reason?

There are many examples of this, and I'd like to give a few: A person who puts a lot of effort to help the community and earns reputation points. But that reputation is the motivation behind helping ...
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What will be the correct word for “in a fine condition”?

I'm unable to remember a word which relates to a fine and nice state. The word is like ?-shape. Also, where and how can I use this word. Can I use it for both living and inanimate things.
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Single word for program planning,attending and describing the experience

When set of artists combine, plan, produce and market a program there are various terms to refer this activity. e.g Production, Staging. When a set of friends make a plan to attend a program (say, to ...
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Terminology for diagonal line that also indicates orientation

Suppose a grid of items, as you would have in a game. In this grid there are four types of lines of items: Horizontal Lines Vertical Lines Diagonal Lines oriented under 45 degrees Diagonal Lines ...
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A word meaning “related to learning” [closed]

I'm trying to find a word I'd seen a bit ago in a textbook (I can't recall the textbook, maddeningly) that I found I quite liked. It is spelt something like pedagous, and it effectively means "written ...
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A word to describe the subject of an action

I'm trying to find suitable non-ambiguous words to describe doing something and something done to it. Doing something could be called an action, but what word fits having something done to it? As an ...
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“Cinderellarize” or word meaning “a magical transformation”

I am seeking a word(verb) to describe a magical transformation that makes a thing to appear very attractive without changing the essence. I am thinking to use "Cinderellarize" but not sure if that ...
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Word for someone who tries to manage, or oversee everything

I know a couple of people who have determined that they, for whatever reason, need to help guide other people through their lives. They always do things or suggest things to multiple people, usually ...
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The word/phrase for the person who makes all the profit while others are suffering?

"I hate this war." "Me too. It's bad for everyone" "But you know who is profiting from this - the coffin seller." How do I define that coffin seller in one or more words?
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What do you call a person who completed prerequisite classes for a master's degree but didn't finish their thesis?

I don't necessarily mean a single word, but a short, precise and neutral-sounding phrase that can be used in a CV. The goal is to signify that the only reason for the lack of the degree is the thesis, ...
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2answers
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Is there a better word than “discoverer” for someone who discovers something? [closed]

Looking for something that sounds a little better than "discoverer"
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A word to describe the opposite of distant people?

What's an accurate adjective or word to describe people who are not necessarily friendly, approachable or agreeable, but they come across as very genuine, cheerful and energetic, and that even though ...
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Term for an item that is both selected and visible

I have an HTML table of items. Items can be hidden, filtered or selected, so I am currently using the terms "selected", "visible", "filtered" and "all" to indicate which items the user wants to ...
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What is a noun that means “the skill of being able to use technology efficiently?”

What is a noun that means "the skill of being able to use technology efficiently or easily?" Thanks
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1answer
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Word/phrase for non-human agent

What do we call a non-human (virtual) agent in computer science domain? I'm looking for a word/phrase other than bot or artificial agent.
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What do we call someone whose English is weak?

I am a student, and I am interested in knowing the formal (polite) and informal (insults) terms.
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What word describes the process of a ship being slowly “swallowed” in the sea?

Trying to find a word which will describe the slow process of the absorption of a ship by the sea. Metaphysical words are also welcome. Sea water swallowed the ship.
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Word or small phrase for an object owned by a customer on which you will do work

The word or small phrase needs to fit into both of these sentences: I've created a new job to install our product into this _______. This ______ is owned by Joe Bloggs. I'm creating an IT system ...
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What would an 11-year-old say that means “appropriate”?

I need a similar word that may be used by a 6th grade girl; e.g.,“That kind of behavior is only appropriate for little girls of six or seven.” It is not to tell her (may be used by), it is for her ...
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Word for taking too much pride in something mediocre

Is there a word, preferably pejorative, describing someone who take too much pride in something mediocre? The reason I'm searching for this word is a good friend of mine constantly dwells on some ...
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1answer
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What is the equivalent of “cuckold” for women? [duplicate]

Well, the question is in the title. I want to know what do you call a woman who has an unfaithful husband but chooses to ignore it. I searched a word for it but could not succeed. I just do not ...
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1answer
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Is there a word for feeling like a memory is manufactured?

Often in normal conversations I have moments where I say "Oh I remember that!" and then think to myself, do I really remember or have I manufactured that memory based on current conversation? I'm a ...
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Antonym of nomad

What do you call someone who isn't a nomad? Someone who has a fixed abode. I tried a google search, but this post and this one had some rather disappointing answers.
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A verb meaning “Answering question in a way that doesn't answer it” [duplicate]

Take an example: Me : Where can I find the best pizza in the city? Friend:1000s of people are dying of hunger and all you care about best pizza. In this case he does reply to my question but it ...
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Positive word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people

I think opportunist would be the word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people so that they can get rich, but that word is negative and can be used for other situations as ...
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A word that means “a solution in search of a problem”

People tend to let capability mislead priority. We refer to this as "a solution in search of a problem". If your job is to point these out to people, it would be nice to do so with a single word. ...
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What is a word for getting an award in a competition or being one of the top three?

I am writing about a competition I won in which I got third place. I want to say that I am the first out of my school to get an award in this competition, with a third place award but that sounds a ...
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A hypernym for 'insects', 'worms' and the like

From Oxford: insect: any small creature with six legs and a body divided into three parts. Insects usually also have wings. Ants, bees and flies are all insects Insect is often used to refer ...