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What is a word to mean “when bad is good”?

I'm looking for a single word (adjective or adverb) to describe a person who acts "bad", but in an admirable fashion. Examples of this abound from history and literature. Here are just a few I could ...
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What is word used to describe someone who is very kind and likes most to help other people with their problems? [closed]

I would like to ask this question; A word that is used to describe someone who is very kind and likes most to help other people with their problems? (I need both a noun and an adjective; if they are ...
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what is the person who is always nosing in people's business? [duplicate]

what is a person called who is always nosing on other people's business - like having a neighbor always outside on the balcony or window to check the neighborhood out.
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A word for an instrumental melody which copies the vocal part?

Sometimes in rock music you'll hear a guitar solo which reproduces the vocal melody: from the verse, for example. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana springs to mind - here's a link to the relevant ...
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How can a person chime? [closed]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Word for “easy to dismiss”

I know that there is an adjective with that meaning. I just cannot think of it or find it online. I'd be very grateful if someone pointed out a word that means "easy to dismiss" or something similar. ...
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A word to describe someone who is oblivious to the atmosphere in a group conversation

There is a Japanese phrase "Kuuki yomenai", which literally translates to "Can't read the air", and can be used to describe someone who doesn't get social cues or is unaware of other people's moods &...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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What is one word for a “messy mixture of a lot of ingredients”? [closed]

I am looking for a single word that describes: a mixture of a lot of things that ends up pretty messed up. What would that be?
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“Like swimming in ___” honey? [closed]

My supervisor and I had a discussion about my thesis progress this morning, and he described my writing progress: Like swimming in _____. I have no idea about the word he said, then he changed ...
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Unique way of saying fulfilling some one else's dream for them

My daughter is a famous motorcyclist and has to answer hundreds of interviews. In her interviews she says that she is fulfilling her father's "legacy". I have always felt she is using the wrong word....
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Word that means non-human animals? [closed]

Humans are animals. The term "animals" is sometimes used to mean all animals (including humans) and is sometimes used to mean every animal except for humans. Is there a word that means non-human ...
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Is there a word for colloquial forms of address?

For example, "dude," "man," "buddy," "pal," etc, when used to stand in for someone's name. "Hey, pal, how's it going?" Is there a word for terms like these? Or is "colloquialism" as close as we can ...
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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A person who knows how to read but cannot write [duplicate]

What do you call somebody who can read but cannot write? I found the term semiliterate, the Free Dictionary says Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing. But ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word?

Actual sentence- As a result, while patients are not being cured, the malaria parasite continues to spread further. My Explanation- This sentence seems to me wrong, because while is contrasting word,...
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What do you call the sudden burst of loudness that may occur when switching from one audio source to another?

Typical occurrences Imagine you’re watching a video on YouTube but you can barely hear the speaker, so you crank up the volume. After the video you switch to your music player application to liste to ...
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A word to describe “political buyer's remorse”

Recent numbers show over 3.5 million people in the UK have signed a petition to “do over” the Brexit Referendum. Interestingly, since the Referendum the Google question “What is the EU?” showed more ...
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Word Request: someone who is thrilled by viewing private things (related: scopophiliac, voyeur) [duplicate]

I want a word for someone who enjoys, who gets a thrill from, bearing witness to private documents, like diaries. This sort of adrenal-pleasure would be similar to that of a kleptomaniac, except the ...
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Need the word for “two ideas connected only by phrase commonality” [duplicate]

I need a word for "two ideas connected only by phrase commonality." Reverse dictionary lookup help needed : e.g.: "I've had my fill of you and tofu" where the phrases "I've had my fill of you" and ...
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Word for “extensively written about”

What is one word for "extensively researched and written about"? Not famous in the sense of "known" or "talked about" but specifically "written" about in a positive way. "....and one became highly ...
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How do you call components that make up a car's engine? [closed]

I'm looking for the common way to call components like oil filter or fuel pump. I thought about car parts or auto parts but I don't know which one is correct.
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Word for: to exacerbate but not cause [closed]

Intended Meaning: Suppose I am feeling upset. There is a clear cause for this feeling, but I also know that if I wasn't also in a particular circumstance, I would be better equipped to temper my ...
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Alternative to 'portfolio' covering non-visual fields?

It seems that the word 'portfolio' is mostly used in the context of representing work in field of visual art, even, if it technically isn't restricted to that by definition. Are there other ...
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Adjective (or adverb) form of contains or container

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an arbitrary thing as being 'capable of containing, storing, and/or holding other things'. Asking around I got suggestions such as "fillable", "...
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Neologism meaning “Having-an-opinion-despite-having-no-idea-what-you're-talking-about” [duplicate]

I remember encountering a word (it was a neologism, not a popularly accepted word) that meant something like "having-a-strong-but-completely-uninformed-opinion". It might have been the related idea of ...
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What's the word for converting a positive number to negative one and negative to positive?

What's a good word to describe the operation of taking the negative of a number? For example, given x = 5, obtain -x = -5, and given y = -2, obtain -y = 2. Is there a word for this? I was thinking ...
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Word for “awful,” in the old sense, for life-and-death power [closed]

The jury has a ____ power, a ____ responsibility. With the stroke of a pen, it can change lives, even end them. Same for a judge, a military general, the president. I want “awful” or “awesome” in ...
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What do you call it when someone reminds you of your ingratitude?

Adopted mother: 'Your parents died. I took you in. If I knew you'd steal from me, I would have left you to the State.' Mother: 'If only I knew you'd turn out like this, I would have had an abortion.'
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Changing usage of certain words [duplicate]

I grew up using "preventive" approaches -- Now I see more often "preventative" Similarly- market "oriented" no longer but "orientated" When did this change happen? What is correct usage?
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Holding your hands in a specific position [duplicate]

How do you tell someone to put their hands in the position shown in the image?
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Another word for a single line of trees on a hilltop, as seen from a distance

There's definitely a single word that is used to describe, when seen from a distance, a single row of trees on a hilltop. I searched quite a bit but am unable to find the word.
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Is there a word for when you know something is fake but you still believe in it? [closed]

For instance, you know that there aren't monsters under your bed, but you are still scared of looking under your bed?
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A adjective similar to ominous

In education, teachers may use the term "the district" when referring to the school district. It often has a negative connotation. An example may be: "I heard 'the district' is going to cut all of ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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Formal, scientific or mathematical word describing the discrimination between “multiple-choice” and “single-choice”

For example; I am constructing a web page that asks two questions. The first question is titled Marital status: from a list of choices; there can be only one. The other is a multiple-checkbox ...
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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit [closed]

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
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To reduce to nearly nothing (to make negligible)

Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :) Example sentence: About the delay between two ...
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Word for a person that is being taken advantage of financially / leeched off

In English there is the concept of somebody who is a 'leech', and takes advantage of a second person's resources or generosity, financially or otherwise. What word or phrase could be used to denote ...
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One-word “rotatable, translatable, scalable” [closed]

I've run into a scenario where I want to describe something that can be rotated, translated (moved around) and scaled. However, calling out all those words in sequence is just ugly. Example, "The ...
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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Is there a word for a deep conversation with a formal friend? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe that feeling you get when you're in a deep, meaningful, personal conversation with a person you're usually distant with.
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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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Noun describing the property of being tricky to reason about

I am looking for an English word that would describe, for a concept, the property of being tricky to reason about. Something that does not fit naturally in the mind and causes us to reason incorrectly....
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What word goes between anticlimax and climax?

From my undestanding of those two words : Climax : point of highest tension in a drama. Anticlimax : Something which might have seem like a climax at some point is finally very trivial. I am ...
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Word for having a gentle joy for being diligent?

I'm looking for a word that describe a person for having a gentle joy for being diligent. For example, a person spends their time and effort to learn a new word every morning. He does that because he ...
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What do you call a person who counts the favor he has done for you?

Sometimes he/she rubs it in your face. What do you call the instance of this action? What do you call this action?