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Is there a word for a person whose work is primarily cognitive, not pragmatic, and who builds his career/reputation this way?

Is there a word for a person whose work is primarily cognitive, not pragmatic, and who builds his career/reputation this way? It doesn't need to have a negative connotation. Here is an example ...
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Single word for “make someone cry” [closed]

Is there a single word for "make someone cry"? I checked a translation dictionary, but it just referred me to the word "cry."
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Two people doing something together

There are words like "meeting", "gathering" or "get-together" that describe some people coming together for a certain time, for doing certain things together. Those words may or may not imply that ...
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Someone who takes credit for others work [closed]

Is there a specific word for someone who takes credit for other people's work?
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A specific word for “oblivious to love”

I am looking for a specific word describing obliviousness to love, or romance. This is fairly popular in many shounen manga where the protagonist is often completely oblivious to the advances of many ...
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Words describing constancy

Using only a single word in each case, I'm attempting to describe two different variations involving constancy of a certain attribute: Variation of an object without changing its weight. Variation ...
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Correct term for computer language that's close to human in syntax

I've always used the term canonical syntax to refer to a computer language, the syntax of which is verbose and resembles the patter in conventional human speech. Recently, I learned that canonical ...
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Is there a term or expression for certain terms that we have lain in a dictionary that we consider useless?

I've researched and I found out that "Pleonasm" is not what I'm referring to. So it's not that. For example: The term prognosticate -"To prognosticate weather conditions is not a simple matter." ...
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Word for travelling, when the journey is more important than reaching your destination?

Is there some specific word for travelling, when the important thing is the journey rather than reaching your destination? For example it's more important to go slowly and see the sights, than ...
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I am wondering what it is called when an argument or description uses what the thing is not to expose a point or concept

This is useful when trying to expose on an abstract concept or something that is not a commonly understood. so contracting the difference between complimentary phenomena that are defined. It directs ...
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Is there a dedicated word to describe a long-term oriented person?

Who, in all his or her dealings, values the long-term value over the short term. The best I have come up with is "long-term oriented". Is there a dedicated adjective to describe this?
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Is there a word that means “not fitting my preferred version of reality”?

For example, suppose there's a nice guy I don't know very well. He, through a series of unfortunate events, marries an abusive cheating skank. This does not hurt my feelings, as I am not emotionally ...
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What is the English term, when someone provides truthful 'extra' information in support to promote own propaganda?

Though the title asks the main question, I will give an example. Imagine a tabloid, which wants to defame a famous personality, say Abraham Lincoln or Michael Jackson. The writers know that, just ...
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A word or idiom to replace “bromance” between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

The word bromance is a well-known portmanteau of bro or brother and romance. According to the linked Wikipedia article, it means: a close, emotionally intense, non-sexual bond between two (or ...
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A word for good part of something

I'm looking for the correct adjective or noun to describe good part of something. It could be anything such as a book, a movie, etc. Update: Take this for example: I've skipped a few parts ...
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A word for 'make fun of' but less intense than 'ridicule'?

Is there a word which can substitute for the phrase 'make fun of', but is at the same time less intense than the word 'ridicule'? For instance: The author satirizes American capitalism and ...
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An alternative to “Exceed” when falling below a lower limit [duplicate]

I am trying to describe conditions falling below a lower limit. In this case there is a minimum temperature limit, and the actual temperature has fallen below this limit. I am drawn to use the work ...
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What do you call the facial expression or the state just before bursting into tears?

What do you call this facial expression that forms just before bursting into tears? (Especially when a baby has been treated in a way he/she didn't expect and consider it unfair or feels neglected. Of ...
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I am looking for one word to summarise a way of being

Is there a word that describes the following: living congruently with the example one wants to set for others to follow.
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what is the word close to but not stronger than 'spiky'

a) For a sequence 1,2,1,2,1,1,1,2,2 we can say it is 'uniform' since all the numbers are almost the same. b) For a sequence 1,2,1,2,1,100,1,1 we can say it is 'spiky' since 100 is very large while ...
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Is there a word that refers to both caller and callee in telecommunication? [closed]

Is there a word that can refer to both caller and callee as in calling party and called party in telecommunication?
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What's a similar word to 'precocious' with a positive connotation?

Precocious, per its definition, describes a child in a positive light. But in practice, many tend to use it in a negative way, and I feel the negative connotation outweighs the positive. So even when ...
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Word for the opposite of digital art

I'm looking for a word to distinguish digital artwork from non-digital artwork. I've already looked at various suggestions for the opposite of the word digital, but none seem to fit the concept. ...
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Is there a word for someone who will fairly evaluate points of view that conflict with his own? [closed]

My point of view clearly influenced her thinking. I had no idea she was a * (person who will fairly evaluate points of view that conflict with her own).
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“Drink up”: lost in translation: how can it be regained?

Articles on this issue periodically appear in literary essays. There are pros and cons, and the issue lives on, unresolved. Here's the problem: Translators of Russian classic novels into English ...
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one-word: inability to work outside a comfort space

Is there a word for someone who can't get any productive work done outside of a particular space? for example: I can't get myself to work if I am at a friend's place despite having all the tools ...
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Word for a playing card that isn't a Joker?

A deck of playing cards usually consists of two jokers and fifty-two _____s. Is there a name for this that’s better than “cards with numerical values”?
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Word for the sound of a voice when the speaker is suppressing grief?

When someone is suppressing grief, we sometimes describe the subjective sensation as "a lump in the throat." Apparently this is may be due to conflicting urges to expand or contract the muscles of the ...
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Describe an arm without a forearm

Usually an arm looks like this: Shoulder -- upper arm -- elbow -- forearm -- wrist -- hand. But suppose, because of either chemical poisoning or radiation in utero, Kevin was born without a left ...
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opposite of collation (the act of removing leading zeros)

Is there a word for the act of removing leading zeros from a number? I need to abbreviate it at one point so it needs to be a single word, or multiple words that are fairly distinct from others when ...
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What is a word for someone who is extremley picky and unthankful for what he has? [closed]

Can someone give me a word that describes a person who wants to have everything at a very high level and doesn't want it if it's anything below that? For instance such a person might not want to eat a ...
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Word for “truncate to size zero”

Is there a word for "truncate to size zero", preferably one which could be used and understood in the following way: "...ing the file" := "truncating the file to zero bytes"? RECAP: The best answers ...
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Is there a word to describe sudden massive alterations to the terrain?

Terraform comes to mind at first, but technically it is not correct. Terraforming is when you alter another planet's terrain or atmosphere to make it more hospitable to terran lifeforms. I wonder if ...
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Words begin or end with X, Y, or Z to describe price/quality of services/products [closed]

I'm looking for a set of words which begin or end with letter "x", "y", or "z" to describe differentiated price levels or quality of services/products. Purpose of this question: To label ...
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What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?

We have easy go-to terms for the X and Y axis, as row and column, respectively. However, I have never heard a similar term applying in the Z axis. Does such exist? Cell is not appropriate, as as cell ...
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What is the name of this keyboard music instrument? [closed]

I see a piano-like instrument on many of the fifties and sixties music videos. One of the best ways to describe is to show it to you: [Source: Youtube] The Doors keyboard man also played it. It ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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What is the substantial difference in meaning between unchallenged and irreplaceable?

What is the substantial difference in meaning between the words unchallenged and irreplaceable? I want to use it for describing an authoritarian ruler that distorts the political supply-side to show ...
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A word of phrase for a specfic feeling

I cannot think of any word or phrase that gives this feeling; perhaps there is none: a feeling of empathy for another's position, and feeling as though one should apologize for one's actions, ...
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What do you call someone who commits a traffic violation?

People who commit crimes are criminals, people who commit felonies (heinous crime) are felons, is there a specific word for people who commit traffic violations (minor crime) i.e. crosses a double ...
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Are there any collective nouns that are only collective nouns?

All collective nouns that I can think of are words that have a different meaning in addition to that role as a collective noun. eg. herd - a herd of sheep; I herded the sheep in to the paddock. ...
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A word that means “in its designed environment”

I've considered the use of "in-situ," which may be the best match. In-situ seems to have a shade of meaning connoting an original location, where I am looking for something more along the lines of ...
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Is there a single word for the ceiling of a cave or cavern?

As the title says, I can't seem to find a word for the ceiling or the roof of a cave. I have searched and the correct term seems to be ceiling. I want to know the word out of curiosity mostly, I ...
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Is there a word to express: 'An object that once seen compels the viewer to perform a certain action' [closed]

Is there a word to express: An object that once seen compels the viewer to perform a certain action.
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Word for expressing when someone study alone

When someone prefer to study alone, on his own, without school, I am tempted to use "self-student". But this word apparently doesnt exist. Is there better way how to express this in one word? EDIT I ...
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Asking a question in response to another question :What do you call it [duplicate]

What is the term for when a person responds to another person's question with his own question, may it be to clarify or extract more information. E.g. A: (Pointing to a furry rodent like thing ...
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Word for a story that keeps the reader's attention [duplicate]

The word for a story or article that is keeping the reader's attention. Example sentence: I would like to rewrite this story to make it more ...
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Word for a friend that is family to me

I am just trying to find a word that describes a friend who means as much to me as my family does. I have searched google but have not found such a word.
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Those Who Apply Knowledge vs Those Who Further Knowledge

I'm looking for two words. They aren't opposites, but they sit on different ends of a spectrum. Word One The first word describes someone who takes what they have learned and applies it in the ...
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If a serializer serializes a proxy proxilizes,proxifies,proxifieres?

Trying to find a word for what a proxy does by it's own root. Some words are easier e.g. serializer serializes etc. some words are hard e.g. proxy (proxilizes,proxifies,proxifieres?) not sure what is ...