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Word meaning “difficult to eliminate”?

I'd like to express that I went to great efforts to fix an [adjective] bug in my code. Neither "pernicious" nor "persistent" quite match the quality I'm trying to describe. Is there a word that means ...
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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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Word for not caring at all about anything

I've looked at this question but it doesn't quite match the term I'm seeking. I once heard a speaker use a term to describe the syndrome accompanied with drug dependencies. He said the word and then ...
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Law term that means that some document, paper or deal has no power in law

Law term that means that some document, paper or deal has no power in law. In Russian it is ничтожность (ничтожный договор), in Ukrainian it's нікчемність (нікчемний договір). I've already asked it ...
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What word describes interpreting evidence in such a way as to reach a desired conclusion?

Does anyone know what it's called when you interpret evidence to reach the conclusion you want?
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Word or phrase for one who tries to benefit from everything someone else does [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone who (or the act of someone which) tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context is, on a personal level. For ...
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What do you call a person who is given money to cash your check, usually using force, when the indebted people refuse to give your money back?

There are times when you have received a check from somebody, but there is no money (or not enough money) in their account to cash it. Then you have to resort to asking someone (criminal or something) ...
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What is the opposite of using something judiciously?

I want to tell a colleague to use a particular file wherever possible. Basically the opposite of using it judiciously. I ended up saying "use the file at will" — but it got me wondering if there ...
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What's another word to mean “a way of thought”?

Is there a word that means "a way of thought"? For example, whether someone is interested or not, it is simply how he thinks. Whether someone is confident or not, it is simply how he thinks. So ...
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What's the opposite of “enlarge”?

In the context of a computer user interface manual, what word would you use to complete this sentence: Drag the handle at the bottom-right corner to enlarge or __ the window. To me, "shrink", ...
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What is an adjective for “requires a lot of work”? [closed]

For example, Starting a new business requires a lot of work. What would be an adjective in: Starting a new business is _.
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Single word for “inhale using your mouth with force or power”

I want to express the following: "Inhale using your mouth with force or power". It does not sound good to me. Is there any single word or a good phrase to express this?
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The opposite of “contains”

I was just wondering if anyone could think of a single word meaning the opposite of contains. E.g. This bottle of beer contains alcohol whereas this one doesn't. This bottle of beer doesn't ...
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Single word request for ..love-ditsy

Movie scene: girl has back turned to 'dreamy' leading boy and is talking softly about, moonlight, white picket fences, and footsie sounds of little scampering children in onesies - and maybe holding a ...
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Is there a word for hate against religions or a specific religion? Is there a single word for religious intolerance? [duplicate]

We have racism, which implies hate against one or more races. We have sexism, which implies hate against one of the sexes. We have nationalism, which implies hate against one or more nationalities. ...
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What is the English word for the stones used in Indian weighing balance?

There are stones of 1 kg, 500 grams, 100 grams, or 50 grams used in weighing balance. What are they called in English? These weighting stones are normally used by vegetable vendors.
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Is there a single word meaning 'to grow and flourish'? [closed]

Can anybody tell me if there a single word which has the meaning 'to grow and flourish'?
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What's a good word for a lack of concentration?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes not concentrated. Something like "flying around", "not really here". In hebrew it would've been מעופף.
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Alternatives to “hypocrite”

I'm trying to accurately describe a person who acts in one way and does another but knowingly and openly accepts that his actions also include him in the same group he criticizes. This differs from a ...
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Single word for driving/flying tank, submarine, and plane

From a reddit comment: I have the training to fly thirteen different aircraft, two types of tanks, and a nuclear submarine. Fly doesn't really work with tanks or submarines. What's the best way ...
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Single word that describes a boat stop / drop off point

I am looking for a single word that describes that act of a boat stopping to allow passengers on and off. For example, if it was a bus. The bus might arrive at a bus stop. On route, there are many ...
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Is there a word/phrase for “unperformant”?

As a software engineer, I need to sometimes describe a piece of code as something that lacks performance or was not written with performance in mind. Example: This kind of coding style leads to ...
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What do you call someone who is always looking for loopholes?

As someone who is always looking to find their way out of or through a situation with the use of loopholes.
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Is there a word to refer to “changing TV channels”?

I wrote the following sentence: As if she had just realized it was there, she grabbed the remote control from the table, turned on the TV, and changed the channel to the news. I'm not a ...
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Word or a phrase that means your results could be biased toward what you predicted them to be

In psychology I recall we used a phrase or a word that meant that because you predicted the outcome of an experiment, then your results could be biased towards your prediction. Either subconsciously ...
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Name for smuggled liquor?

Is there a name for liquor that might have been produced legally, or using professional technologies, but then has been smuggled, either bypassing customs, or into prohibition area and/or is being ...
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Feeling of losing one's love [closed]

Suppose I break up with my girlfriend and I still love her very much. And it is impossible for us to resume our relationship. What's the best word or expression that will describe my feeling? I feel ...
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When a patient goes to the doctor and does not have a health insurance plan, how is this appointment classified?

When a patient goes to the doctor without a health insurance plan, is there a term for this kind of appointment? Just to give a context: Me: I want to schedule an appointment Secretary: What is ...
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What word describes something that frequently switches between opposite states or views?

I have been searching for a word, which I'm beginning to doubt exists at all, that describes a person or thing that changes from one state to the opposite of that state frequently, i.e. an adjective ...
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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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What's the job title for temporary position when the real one is not in the office?

Mr.A is the CEO of the company. Mr. B will be in charge when Mr. A is away for vacation, business trip, or etc. Is there a word or prefix to call Mr. B, for example, temporary CEO, acting CEO?
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“My feelings about you never…” — what verb can I use?

I am trying to say I always have feelings about you in a different way: My feelings for you never __ My first thought was reduced, but it seems that reduce is for size. (I remember hearing ...
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Word or phrase meaning “working hours have ended, and it's time to go home”?

What word or phrase is used to signify that the work day has ended?
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What other word can we use in place of “helpless”

I am looking for an English word I can use sometimes in place of helpless. I have the word in my language, but I am not able to find it in English. The word which we say sometimes if we feel that we ...
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What's a good word for displayed non-frozen non-canned vegetables in the grocery store?

Fresh vegetables seem to imply they are freshly harvested. If I say non-frozen vegetables that would include canned vegetables, which I don't mean. What's a good way of referring to non-canned ...
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What's a word for “widespread,” but not so wide?

I want to say that something is trying to attain widespread use. However, when I say widespread use, I really want to say that it is trying to be used by a few people (not necessarily that ...
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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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What do you call a manipulative person? [closed]

What is the most appropriate (single word) noun to describe someone who is manipulative? That is, in the sense of manipulating people in a negative context. Edit: In the original discussion from ...
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A philosophy where technology is forsaken and nature embraced

There is a particular philosophy that I am trying to find the proper word to describe. An exemple of this philosophy is from a short story I once read (From Jack London's short story "To Build a ...
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Collective name for prefix and suffix of a word [closed]

Is there a term that can be used to refer to both the prefix and suffix of a word? For example, unenjoyable. I'm looking for a collective word that described BOTH un and able.
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Term for choosing to believe a falsehood

I was wondering if there is a term when you choose to believe something even when you know it is likely untrue? The concept I'm thinking of would differ from cognitive dissonance in that you're ...
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A better way to phrase “his masterwork” or “his epic”?

In the context of an artist. Like, let's say, Dali's "melting clocks" painting; we would call that his (blank), AKA his most recognizable/meaningful/popular/"epic" work. I think there is, perhaps, a ...
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What is the correct term for someone who works on/with WordPress? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what the best way to describe someone who works with/on WordPress. Some people use WordPresser but that seems a little bit clunky for me. It's easy to say WordPress developer, ...
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Word to describe sounds from a one-year old child

Which word can I use to describe random nonsense sounds like 'aaaa', 'papa' etc. from a child who still cannot speak.
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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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A single word for labelling someone a disbeliever in a particular religion despite them adhering to it

Can anybody provide a single word for labelling someone a disbeliever in a particular religion despite them adhering to that religion?
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Word describing the reversal of emotions

A boy is highly confident one day and the next day scared, timid and shy. A girl is emotional one day and emotionless the next. Is there a term for a drastic switching of emotions? A ...
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What is the verb used to indicate that you have travelled from point A to B by motorboat?

Please consider the following and fill in the blank. This has driven me crazy ever since I moved to florida. How would somebody say the travel often by a boat without any sails. I drove from New ...
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Word for when people store scarce resources to increase demand and sell at higher price

Like storing gasoline to create an artificial demand and sell it a higher price later.
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Noun for someone whose secret has been discovered?

Is there a one-word noun for someone who has been lying or keeping a secret, but who has been found out? I can think of descriptors that aren’t nouns (exposed, found out, etc.) but I’m looking for a ...