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One word for talking with a raised voice (but not shouting)

I'm looking for a single word that means talking with a raised voice, but still a few decibels short of shouting. Imagine for example the beginning of an argument: "I sold our cow for some beans." ...
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The best word to describe “not easy to fall”

Based on my research, I have several options (all of them come with problem). Stable (I don't want to have 'resist to change' meaning) Firm (I don't want to have 'resist to change' & 'standing ...
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What do you call a document that doesn't need a signature?

Is there a term describing a document that doesn't need to be signed in order to be valid? Edit after several answers and comments: An electronic banking system can generate documents for a user to ...
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Euphemism for weasel-like

I'm looking for a word that means 'weasilish', but similar to equine, aquiline, etc. The best I could come up with is mustelidic. Maybe mustelidine? I need it as an adjective: "mustelidic ...
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a word / idiom for pulling something closer for a sniff?

This is where I am: "Gliding at a low altitude, his fingers reached for a flower, plucked it and pulled it closer to his nose" / ... to smell" I'm not looking for anything too exotic, but would ...
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A word for feeling simultaneously happy & sad [duplicate]

looking for a word that means feeling both happy and sad at the same time. Here's a sentence I'd like to use it in "At least we got one vote." She said with a (word I'm looking for) smile.
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Adjective which means both “Specific” and “General” simultaneously [closed]

I need an adjective which means both "Specific" and "General" simultaneously! As the explanation, the "adjective" is supposed to be used in scientific domain. The adjective would describes a ...
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A word to describe the feeling that you are forgetting something?

Is there a word (or short phrase) that describes the sinking feeling that one is forgetting something, but but doesn't know what the "something" is? For example, I'm looking for a word that describes ...
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Word for liking and not liking something at the same time? [duplicate]

What's a word for the feeling of liking something, but not liking it at the same time? I love the way the Spanish speak, but it bothers me at the same time. I've looked through and dictionaries asked ...
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One word to describe = 'era inappropriate' [duplicate]

One word to describe a 'tangible thing' (like tool, technology, architecture), 'concept or ideology', etc. that does not belong to a period. Like: envisioning crusaders riding into battle wearing a ...
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Correct term for describing how “interesting” a stock is to buy [closed]

When I decide what stocks to place in my portfolio I do a series of technical and fundamental analyses and during each one I give stocks different numbers of "points", and I basically go for the ones ...
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One word that describes one who does not stand up for oneself [closed]

Pushover comes to mind. But I need a more attractive sounding word.
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How would one term this particular relationship?

While postulating a French universe, my brain voted that Bill Gates should become Bill Gateaux. What term or short-phrase would one use to describe the word 'Gateaux', relative to 'Gates', where the ...
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Specific word for walking from and to

Is there any specific word to describe walking the same path from one place to other. For e.g, 1 Km line, where someone walks from one end and turns back, goes to other end & Keeps repeating it.
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Derogatory term for a corporate employee

I’m looking for a derogatory term for a person who works in a big, international business. In Polish we have a few informal words for that, like korpoludek (“corpo little guy”) and korpoczłowiek ...
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English Word that evokes the idea of a collective buying [closed]

I am looking for and english word that evokes the idea of the power of buying things together (something like power in numbers).
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Is there a verb that means 'to stare down' or 'to stare in order to intimidate'?

Boxers often stare each other in the eyes before a match. Animals will often do the same in an attempt to avoid a physical conflict. People often use starring in order to intimidate others. I suspect ...
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Word that accentuates the stillness of an object?

For example, you can say, her hands were ice cold. Is there a word to be used in a similar way with still? The bodies were [...] still.
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Word for object of a search

Is there a noun to describe the object of a search? For example in the sentence: "I was searching for my toothbrush". Is there a word to describe "my toothbrush"? I am looking for a word along the ...
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Looking for a word that means “not requiring permission”

I was thinking maybe, free to use but I'm not sure. Is there any one-word alternative? Preferably an adjective. For example, some user information is confidential and you need permission to access ...
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What do you call a rope you set to return to an original point?

Say, you don't want to get lost in a tunnel, so you set a rope that leads back to the entrance (or likewise follow another rope set by another person). I searched for guide rope and guiding rope but ...
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1answer
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Permutation as an adjective?

"My studies showcase special emphasis on cumulative recursive [permutative?] effects of one's hydration, nutrition, self-image, and general cognitive ability." Basically, each of the four items ...
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1answer
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Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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Person who believes that men and women have defined roles

While a male chauvinist is defined as someone who believes that men are superior to women, what would be a word for a man who believe that men and women have defined roles, without implying the ...
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Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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1answer
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Is there a term for when the moisture on the inside of your nose freezes when breathing in on a very cold day?

On particularly cold days, the moisture inside of one's nose freezes instantly with every inhalation. It is a peculiar sensation as if all the hairs inside your nose have been glued together. I was ...
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Word for covering yourself with something while slouching?

It's what you usually do when the weather is cold. Example: We walked through the snow, [...] is within/inside our coats.
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A short alternative to describe a location very close to the city

I've racked my brains to no avail trying to find a correct and practical term to describe a location very close to the city centre (of the little town). "Close to the city" is very cliche and sounds ...
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Position on gas station

I am looking for a word for "position" on gas station, or on car wash, when you can say "I have washed my car on 2nd --position--" or when you say on gas station "I have get fuel from 2nd ...
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correct word for an object being worked on [closed]

If an object is being worked on, changed, corrected, ect. in some way, what would you call that object? Someone asked if I'm looking for a noun or adjective ... great question ... looking for a noun! ...
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Sound distortion from microphone or amplifier etc. - what do we call it?

I live near a temple and during the morning prayer, more often than not, the loudspeaker would produce a jarring sound. Is there a single word for the sound distortion from micrphone or amplifier. ...
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I am looking for an adjective, similar to “holding a grudge”

I am looking for an adjective that describes a person who is not willing to forgive or excuse someone's faults or wrong-doings from the past (other than "unforgiving"). For the ones who speak German, ...
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English word for people that favorited you [closed]

I'm looking for a word that has the same relation with the word favorites like the following <-> follower relationship. So let's say I can add people to my list of favorites, how do I call the ...
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What is the skill of “remembering all the variables involved in a situation” called?

What is the skill of being able to recall to mind all of the variables involved in a situation called? For instance, if I have to get together a bunch of documents for a lawyer, and he asks for all ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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Feminism being referred to as equality for all, as opposed to equality for women [closed]

In a recent debate with a colleague, a self-proclaimed feminist, she described feminists as seeking equality for all, and not simply just women. I thought that this was inherently wrong considering ...
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What's the word or expression when you do something that the outcome is already decided?

I have to submit some paperwork for the approval of an activity. However, I have already got approval, the paperwork is only necessary to submit the specifics (the date, people involved, and other ...
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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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Word for a leader who rules from behind the scenes?

What would be a word for a leader who rules from behind the scenes? The most obvious one to me seems "puppeteer" but I feel like it has this strong implication of "direct control" to it which does ...
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Is there an antonym to 'hypochondria'/'hypochondriac'? [duplicate]

Hypochondria is defined as an excessive preoccupation with and worry about one's health Is there a word to describe the opposite reaction, as in a word to mean 'a nonchalant attitude towards ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when you break a word in a different place to give a different meaning?

I'm thinking similar to a compound word, but you could break the word at a different or multiple places. Granted I cannot think of a real-world example, but I have included two situations where this ...
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Word to describe a question with multiple exact correct answers

Not completely sure, but I don't believe ambiguous would qualify for the exact situation I am thinking of, though perhaps I am over thinking this in general. I have a question in a short story I am ...
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Like “responsible” but for things or activities

It's perfectly correct to say I'm a responsible employee. However, what adjective should I use for non-living things or activities to convey the same meaning? The work is "responsible". ...
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Is there a word for an anniversary when you're not married?

Date-aversary? Or do you just say "We've been dating for X years?"
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Terms for evaluating something from the outside vs. from the inside

What would be a proper term for a type of evaluation which is performed "from the outside" of a system (i.e., without inspecting the internals of the system)? I would also like to know the opposite ...
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To read something to the end (which verb to use)

I am looking for the verb that means to read a book (a newspaper article) from the beginning to the end. Is there such a verb in English? Yesterday I encountered an interesting article about ...
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What is the grouping word for "Intra/Inter' feature

For Big/Small there is "Size". For Long/Short there is "Length". Whats the grouping word for Intra/Inter?
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What is a word that means an instance of a game?

For example, Monopoly is a game, and I own a copy of it. When I am playing it, I am playing a what of Monopoly? I'm looking for a word that highlights that the game is in progress and differentiates ...
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Is there a single word for “becoming lucid”

Often when I want to say that something became clear, I may instead say that the thing "became lucid" or that the thing is "becoming lucid" is there a single word that I can substitute for this?