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Is “irritance” not a word?

I thought the word irritance was a word — but it isn’t one according to Google and my dictionary. It sounds correct; what is the word I should use? By irritance I mean something that’s being ...
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Is there an adjective for someone who can withstand ridicule?

I've been searching both my mind and several thesauruses attempting to find the adjective that best describes this type of person. The term "thick-skinned" is the closest to what I am trying to ...
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What's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?

I am looking for a word to describe projects, work that is insignificant? I can't remember that. It has to be just a word that describes "work that is a waste of effort".
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What is a word that means both silly and scary?

To find music, my friend and I were trying to think of a word that means both silly and scary. She says that she knows she's used it before but can't remember it. Any ideas?
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What do you call someone who gives you the wrong advice?

I have a co-worker at work who I have figured has given me the wrong advice or wrong impression more than once (like "oh its ok to come by this time" while I found out later it was not permitted by ...
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Word for child talk

What is a word for talk or conversation done by a child? The aspects I wish to portray is the way in which they speak continuously, in an animated and enthusiastic way, and often nonsensically. ...
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Is there an English word for the Japanese オブジェ?

The Japanese word オブジェ means something like “avant-garde sculpture”, it does not apply to things like classical sculptures or 18th century busts. Most modern art sculptures are called オブジェ by Japanese ...
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Word for “order doesn't matter”

You have some data and some code that operates on it. The order in which you process each data element doesn't matter, and hence the task is parallelizable. The order of computation on each element ...
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Determining who wrote what parts of a book, e.g, the Bible

Is there a special word for determining who wrote what part of a book, e.g., the Bible?
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What is a good synonym for “attribute”?

I am looking for a good synonym for the word attribute that can be used in these sentences: The item's attributes are... Colour is a type of attribute. Weight is a type of attribute. The item's ...
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Verb that means “to be in a relationship with”?

I know you can say, I'm dating him or her. Is there a verb (an -ing verb in this case) that can be used like that but for being in a relationship (the further step)? Example: Sam's not exactly a ...
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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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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Discussing blood alcohol levels in English

Which units/terms are usually used to discuss blood alcohol levels in English? Wikipedia suggests that people use percent in the US and basis points in Great Britain. On websites devoted to the topic, ...
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Is there a word for a cure which is also a poison?

The concept I'm trying to capture is a cure or medicine which can also be poisonous. An example which comes to mind would be treating syphilis with mercury, or perhaps chemotherapy for cancer ...
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Name of words with multiple meanings? [duplicate]

A crane is a bird as well as a machine. A date is a fruit as well as an outing with your boy/girl friend. What are words with multiple meanings called?
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One word for experiencing a place or event through their description without being physically going to that place or event?

One word for experiencing a place or event through someone else's explanation without being physically going to that place or event?
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What is a woman who make a lot of fuss but does little or nothing called?

According to a web log article, titled "Weird Words Starting With 'M'", published on Squidoo, the "word" maulifuff means: maulifuff n. a woman with little energy, a fussy female who does little ...
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Is there a single word for “Making a mistake just to make a point”

Google Chrome released an improved spell check option today. This is how the feature is described: Chrome as auto-updated with bettar spell chek. Try the "Ask Google for Suggestions" feature in ...
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How can I refer to a nose in a pleasing manner?

I'm trying to figure out a word that describes a nose in a pleasing way. I.e. The smell of freshly baked bread wafted into the __ of passers by. Nasal cavity — too scientific, beak/snout — too ...
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Word for people easily influenced by propaganda

What is the word that describes people who are easily influenced by propaganda or always do what all other people are seen to be doing without much thinking?
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How do you say “three times a month” in one word?

We say semimonthly when we describe something happening twice a month. for example "a semimonthly publication", "a semimonthly meeting", etc. Is there any word we can use to describe something that ...
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What's that word? Does it mean “circular reasoning”?

This is really a two part question. How do you find a word that you forget, but you remember its definition? I have this problem routinely. I usually try googling "word that means ...
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Does the noun 'hand in' exist?

I know that there is a verb "to hand in" (see Merriam Webster). Is there a noun which means the action of "handing something in"? Is this also called the "hand in"? Does a sentence like "When is the ...
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What are word combinations similar to the effect of “Sofa King” called?

Is there a name for word combination structures that embed other words within them (both verbal or written)? (Any less rude example would be appreciated.)
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Is “post-apocalyptically” a valid word?

I found apocalyptically, but not with post-. I'm trying to say in a way that is post-apocalyptic. Example: Post-apocalyptically-scented outdoors.
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What is the antonym of “boldface”?

Is it nonboldface? Is bold's antonym nonbold? Is it unemboldened? Is it hyphenated? What word do I use to mean text that is not in boldface style?
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Can you call someone who chooses to quit his/her study in college as alumnus?

Oxford dictionary on alumnus: a male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university Oxford dictionary on dropout: a person who has abandoned a course of study or who ...
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Is there a word to describe a state of not identifying with any common explanation of God?

I am trying to describe one who is neither agnostic nor atheist but does not accept any religious order as his own.
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Term for “powerful, moving words”

What is a term for powerful, moving words? Rhetoric implies the opposite (“empty” rhetoric). The nominee’s speech was filled with XXX
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Superlative version or synonym of “Versatile”

I'm looking for comparative/superlative versions of versatile - synonyms which should mean "more versatile" and "extremely versatile" Here's the background: Over on meta.so, I've proposed a new ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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One word for “a one-eyed person”

I've given an English children's story to a small group of Italian kids to read and perform. The story is about a boy who changes into a cat and makes friends with a one-eyed next-door neighbour; a ...
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What to call a fact/observation told by someone?

Examples: Speaker A: I thought he wanted to know about insects. Speaker B: But not [...] about them eating people! After he finished his [...] about seals. I think using fact ...
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Informal way of saying “moreover”

My teachers said that they couldn't do anything for me. That no matter how many times they added and rounded up my scores, the result was still zero. Moreover, if they let me pass the other ...
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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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Word to describe the completion of a planned rail journey

I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions. One item on the list is to ...
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What is a word for the most basic form of a term? [closed]

The English language contains very descriptive and "involved" words, I was wondering what we would call the opposite of those. For example, words like "push" or "hot" can't be simplified further ...
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Is there a single-word verb meaning “to perform cunnilingus on”?

The single word for to perform fellatio on is the verb fellate. Is there an analogous word for cunnilingus?
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Word for children that have a babysitter or au pair

In Dutch a babysitter is called an "oppas". This gave rise to the word "oppaskinderen" which translates literally to "babysitter children". As far as I could research, there is no single English word ...
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What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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single word to describe futuristic and modern building

what would be a word to describe a building that is modern and futuristic. a term that would mean something like 'building of the next decade/century'
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Word for Finally Reaching a Desired State

Sometimes, one undergoes a sequence of gruelling trials, struggles, etc., an ordeal. But eventually the ordeal is over, and one finally reaches a particular, desired state. What word adequately ...
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Word meaning academic or rational, when describing the style of an argument

Here's the context: Dude's an awful troll. If he wants to express his views, he should present them in a more [adjective] manner. What we're getting at here is that the guy sounds obnoxious, ...
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A word to express 'currently active' [closed]

Suggest a word to express a task/thing has started, is running and is not yet complete. Does inchoate fit? Also, suggest a word to express completed/fully built thing/task.
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Find or invent a term for “Completely intersecting minus one”

I'm writing a paper that frequently references regions on a string, and these regions often intersect. I need to succinctly describe regions that almost completely intersect. For example, given the ...
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What is an inverse phrase for “topping-off”?

I’m looking for a term or phrase that is the inverse equivalent to the action of “topping-off”, like a gas tank, but meaning “to completely empty.” Not a steady state (empty, depleted), but more a ...
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Is there a name for adjectives like “beautiful”, “incredible”, “amazing”, etc.?

Is there a name for adjectives like beautiful, incredible, amazing, etc.? Adjectives that are often generically substitutable when, say, describing vacation resorts, or the like. Preferably a name ...
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Term for when inventory is discovered to be missing

I previously worked in a bookstore and at around this time of the year, we did an inventory of the bookstore, counting our stock and shipping back old stock to corporate. There was a term we used to ...
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Word regarding a lyric remembered wrongly

I remember having come across a particular word long ago. This word means a part of lyric that has been remembered wrongly, i.e., a section of lyric that has entered one's memory with the words ...