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Is there a word that means “both micro and macro”

I am looking for a word that means "micro and macro". For instance, if I was describing an economic phenomenon that can be observed on both the micro and macro levels of the economy, I could call it a ...
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Word meaning the outcome is different to that intended

A friend has said that there is a word meaning the outcome is something very different from that originally envisaged. For example: The Australian government introduced a "First time home owner" ...
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One word to describe being 'committed to the environment' [closed]

How can I say that I am committed to the environment in one word?
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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Word to describe an attribute one would either love or hate

He has an audacity that those who know him either adore or despise. His audacity is _____ . There's only two kinds of people: those who love olives and those who hate it. Olives have a _____ ...
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Is there a word for people who love everything?

The closest I could get was xenophile. Also, optimistic would be a close second and I say that because I don't think that optimistic is a better description than xenophile because xenophile actually ...
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Word that means that someone is too powerful

More specifically, if they have the power to wiretap your communications, powerful as in power, not as in strength. A _____ [powerful] person who holds a menacingly huge amount of power who makes ...
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Appropriate word for non-regular procedure

One can think of a routine or common procedure to be applied (here it is in case of technical sequence of operations) on any system. When some exception occurs - the common/ normal routine is NOT ...
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What do you call someone who likes controversial things? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call a person who does/thinks the opposite of the crowd for just that reason? For example, there is an almost-normal person, but this person has a special ...
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Is there a word for my ex-spouse's new spouse?

With modern high divorce rates, a lot of people get married more than once in their lives. Saying "my ex-wife's new husband" is a bit awkward. Is there anything more graceful? I came across it in ...
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A word for 'something more' or 'missing from life'

I am trying to think of a word, or phrase to describe this feeling. There is something more to my life, something meaning to happen or occur, and I don't know what it is. There is an anticipation of ...
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Word for someone who loves bright colours

How do we call a person having deep love towards bright colours (like he loves to wear very brightly-coloured clothes)?
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What is the name of something that contains a balance?

Is there a noun that generically describes something that contains a balance that is not the word "account"? Such things can be checking accounts, credit cards, outstanding fines, or basically ...
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Word for “creating laughter”

I'm looking for a literary word which means "to create laughter". Is there such a word in English? I'm going to use this word in the following title: Philosophical Theories of "Creating Laughter" ...
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Synonym for “focused”

I'm looking for a better adjective that means focused in the sense of "intense concentration" like an elite warrior in battle. I guess it doesn't even need the sense of having blinders on, more about ...
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Can we use “original” to describe an idea that is “less” original?

Suppose someone comes up with a great original idea. Some time later, someone else comes up with exactly the same idea without knowing that idea been conceived already and even without being ...
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Word for situation in which there is no alternative

What is a word to describe the situation in which there is no alternative or something cannot be helped? I am looking for a neutral word, similar to impotent, instead of the slightly negative ...
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Word for journey to mastery

I'm looking for a word that sums up one's journey from beginner to master in any given field. Let's say there's a pianist who practiced from childhood 10 hours a day for 20 years to become a master. ...
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What would you call 'A person who is ready for support all the time'

What would you call 'A person who is ready for support all the time'? I wanted to write an email and convey to some clients that I will always be there for support, and was stuck when I got to this.
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Word for “that which shows the reality behind a phenomenon”?

Is there a word for a tool, or concept, that allows you to see the reality behind a certain physical phenomenon, or a tool that exposes the behind-the-scenes details? For example, backstage would be ...
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Word meaning “expressing innocous concept with offensive near-homonym”

Years ago, an Internet NNTP poster's signature read in part "a niggardly lover". Of course, "niggardly" just means "stingy", so there was nothing literally offensive in his signature. However, I ...
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Is there a plural of “metropolis”, not “metropolises”, that would sound better in a less formal register?

I am aware that the plural of metropolis is metropolises, but to me it sounds stilted and to be honest I cannot recall ever hearing it used. Is there an irregular plural of metropolis that would be ...
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Word referencing time of creation

I've been wondering if there is a word to express that something was current at the time of its creation. It (in bold) should plug-in into a sentence similar to: The results are based on an ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who constantly underestimates situations?

Does there exist a single word, either an adjective or a noun, that effectively describes an individual who habitually underestimates things—e.g., cost, time required, complexity?
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What word can I say if I want to give approximate number?

What to say if I want to tell approximate number of something. What should I say? E.g. I have (around/ about/ some) 5 books. Is there a rule for number approximation?
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What can we call “ an employee who is under-productive but the quality of his work is enviable”

A pleasant expression for an employee who has remained under-productive despite several feedback. (QUANTITATIVELY WORST) There are workers who are unable to churn up BIG numbers but the ...
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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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What Would Be a Word to Mean “Suggest the expectation of (something)”?

For example, if someone makes a comment such as: "I hope your journey back went well", there is an implication that a response is expected even if a question wasn't directly asked. The sort of context ...
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Word for annoying travel

If I'm traveling and enjoying it, I might be on a vacation, trip, adventure, or excursion. But what if the journey is difficult, annoying, and altogether unpleasant? I'm thinking of trek, but that ...
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What is the word for “a road that vanishes into the distance”?

I am looking for a word that would describe the image of a road that vanishes into the distance. I am fairly confident that there is such a single word since I remember a long time ago finding it and ...
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Word meaning a group of things contains both good and bad.

For example, if you had a bunch of strangers baking cookies, you might say The cookies produced were [adjective]. Meaning there were both good and bad results in the set. Or: Jean went ...
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Like misdirection, is there any word for misdepiction?

Misdirection is used for distracting attention of an audience. In a similar sense, audio visual artists (TV, movies, etc.) spice up historical epics. They introduce of unproven/undocumented events ...
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Expression for a “smiling face tiger”

The Chinese expression "smiling face tiger" (笑面虎) is defined in English at one website as "an outwardly kind but inwardly cruel person". More broadly it doesn't need to refer to someone who is ...
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Fearing rejection from others and hence hesitant about it

Is there a term for the situation when we falter about making a suggestion or flinch from giving an answer or hesitating to take an action fearing ridicule of others or their rejection? Is there a ...
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How to describe someone speaking in pain?

Imagine someone gets hit heavily, or is in excruciating pain; when they try to speak, they sound like they have a sore throat, they are probably cringing. Mumbling or muttering is speaking with less ...
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What is the word for something that is based on a prototype?

If two objects (or "types") have the relationship where one is the prototype of the other, then the other is the __ of the prototype. In this sentence, from the context of the prototype: This ...
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Is there a word or a special phrase in English to describe the curvy upper lip that some people like Rio Ferdinand have?

I don't think many have people have that kind of upper lip (probably 10% of the population). To me personally, that kind of upper lip definitely makes a person more attractive regardless of gender. ...
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Rather unusual usage of the word “churn”

I came across this sentence in a book: "One especially strategic family room, where all these dark socio-cultural and political dimensions are dramatized brilliantly, is the kitchen, where the ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “levity”?

Can anybody tell me the adjectival form of levity? I've found levitious here, but not sure whether it’s a dictionary word.
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A more succinct expression for “The day before yesterday”

Is there a more succinct expression for "the day before yesterday"? In German for example, gestern = 'yesterday.' The prefix vor roughly means before, so logically, vorgestern means 'the day before ...
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What is a word for “cannot-be-wrong” attitude?

When speaking with someone recently I was continuously taken aback by how he could not concede even the slightest detail in my argument (which was not unreasonable), and it happened another time ...
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“New” is to “novelty” as “archaic” is to…?

Is there a noun form of the word "archaic"? The closest word I can think of is "old-fashionedness" but it seems rather clumsy.
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“Paintings on walls and ceilings” and “painting of portraits, landscapes”

I am creating a portfolio of painter's works and I need to categorize them. There will be two global categories: Paintings on canvas Painting on walls and ceilings The paintings on canvas divide ...
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What is the word for “turning a noun into an adjective”?

Is there a specific name or term for words that are the adjective form of nouns? Like "salty" from "salt", "Freudian" from "Freud", "glossy" from "gloss", etc.? What about adjective forms of verbs ...
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Word for large, short, wide, roundish, fat bottle

What word would you use to describe a large, short, wide, roundish, fat bottle, the kind used for some wines: tubby or chubby? This kind of flask called growler would match my request, but I'd like ...
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Verb for “frequently editing a post to make it appear at the top of the forum”

Is there a word (Internet slang welcome) for "frequently editing a post to make it appear at the top of the forum"?
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Is “steepness” a proper word? [closed]

I am a marketing writer and am working on a product description, which would be as follows: We track cool metrics like location, duration, speed and steepness. Is that use of the word correct? ...
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Are restaurants retailers?

Can I represent restaurants by the noun retailer? I also want to group the entities hotels, museums, restaurants/cafes/bars and retailers. How do we group these cleverly? I am going to refer to them ...
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Another word for “apply”?

I'm in the middle of creating a web form, where users can apply for a certain service. In order to do so, they are clicking the apply button. Then they fill out a form and submit it. Later on, they ...
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What do you call the sound produced when baying?

Hounds tend to "bay" rather than "bark". When a dog barks, you can say "he let out a loud bark". In a similar construction emphasizing the hound-ness of the creature, can you say "he emitted a loud ...