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Word for “dearly missed”

For example: Smallville. The name belonged to her [...] hometown. I thought about yearned but apparently using it in cases like this seems grammatically incorrect?
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Looking for a single word, for the incidents you believe that they are still occuring, but in reality they are not

I am looking for a word, that is suitable for the below scenario in bold: In the past, I have been to restaurant with my best friend for continuously 2 years. After 2 years, I moved to a different ...
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Word to describe the occurrence of two adjacent anagrams

If you have two words that are anagrams of each other and are used next to each other, what is that occurrence called? (fee free to correct the way I've phrased the question if it is grammatically ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?

Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's left or right-handed. Another example could be Our designs are not ...
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looking for a name of a type of sentence that uses names of things

What is it called when you create a sentence made mostly of names, places or things? An example being After waking from (sleeping with sirens) i realized today would be (A day to remember) ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. The word is used to describe a ...
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Adjective describing a person who has lots of children, not “fertile”

Is there a single adjective that means "this person has lots of children"? Context: I'm not actually talking about a person. I'm talking about a data structure in a computer program, where objects ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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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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What is a word that means “Someone knows the other will not do but says they do”

I was recently playing a manhunt game with my girlfriend and friends. After awhile she was the last alive and I threatened to break up with to make her come out of her hiding spot, but my friend that ...
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One word adjective which means “that can't be given up”

For Example: People have (immense) faith in God. In place of immense, what would be the proper word to convey that 'the faith is not immense, but it is that which can't be given up, due to the fear ...
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What's a word for being curious in a worried manner?

Example: My wife was reading the news, her hands shaking, her mouth hanging open. [...], I leaned over to have a peek. Is there a word a bit "stronger" than curious? One that shows a bit ...
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Is this arrogance or something else?

What do I call someone who has a "things are as I say they are" attitude? Example: I say the sky is green, if you don't agree I will punch you till you do. or Example: Someone says they are from a ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with 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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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation

The term "hardcoded" refers to configuration that's imbedded in a program's code. To a programmer, it may have a negative connotation (if it is a bad design decision) and to a non-technical user, the ...
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Word for sadness at something ending, but excited about new

Is there a word that describes the combination of feeling sad for an ending of something, but excited at new prospects. The closest I had was "bittersweet change" Examples: 1) At the end of a ...
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“Male/female” is to “gender” as “man/woman” is to what?

What is the hypernym for man and woman? I don't think it is gender because that would've been male and female.
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Word for “waiting longingly/expectantly”?

Example: Many people [...] for the end of the days. I thought of the word anticipate. But I think it sounds a bit like an understatement.
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Some idioms for “psychotherapist” and the meaning of “therapist” in the US

Some Russian-English dictionaries like Multitran suggest that the word "therapist" has a meaning of "psychotherapist" in the US slang. Is it generally true? Can you please suggest me some compact ...
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Term for tactics Politicians use to win support of populace

As it's Election's time in UK and some other countries as well, we're used to listening politicians' oratory. During the speeches we often observe how politicians try to win public support by ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is talking down to you and thinks your decisions/actions are wrong?

So if someone is giving you an attitude when you are telling them about certain life decisions you made. And that person really doesn't understand the situation, not to mention they are ignorant... ...
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a better alternative for “computerize”?

Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ ...
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Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes

Dynamic systems often have feedback mechanisms whereby changes in the system can either be self-reinforcing, causing the system to change more once it has started changing, or self-opposing, causing ...
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What is the effect of 'stiff' in this sentence? [on hold]

In Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, there's this part that goes "...there's a stiff penalty..." What is the effect of 'stiff' here? It supposedly has some effect on the reader. Stiff means firm ...
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Is there a word for “not thinking clearly because of anger”?

For example: two are arguing and one makes a personal attack. They both become angry causing neither to speak reasonably. Any word for this? EDIT: In my example, instead of 'angry', I should have ...
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What is the name of a fallacy for thinking something is easy for others because it is easy for you?

I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means: believing a task to be easy for others because it is ...
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Hypernym for “clients”, “members” and “partners”

We're building a feature for a website and trying to think of a hypernym for clients, partners and members so that the feature remains generic enough for re-use later on other websites.
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Is there a word for one who enjoys to eat for the sake of eating (a food hedonist)?

Does such a word exist? I don't mean to excess (IE, a glutton), but rather one who eats because he enjoys eating. Essentially, I'm looking for a word that's synonymous with "a food hedonist", or "a ...
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Is there a word for “a variety of breakfast foods”

My native tongue has a word for a specific kind of breakfast where you ask for "a little bit of everything in the middle" or "breakfast of variety" and you get, for example, cooked eggs, jam, butter, ...
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Word for item or concept which has permanence?

I'm interested in a word (noun) to use to refer to an object or concept which has permanence. For example, substituting ###, I would say "Many of the objects we interact with in real life are ...
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Is there a better term than “technology”?

I already started quite a fruitful discussion about the term methodology over here, but today's topic is the term technology. Whenever words end in -logy, my brain links them to the field of ...
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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What is a word for someone who hates or fears nature?

I know that misanthrope is someone who hates other humans or humankind in general. I am interested to know if there is a word for one who hates nature herself.
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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What is the name of a thing that can be present or absent? [on hold]

It is an arbitrary, abstract thing. Its only interesting quality is that it can be present or absent. I'd settle for a thing that exists or doesn't exist, is here or not here, etc. I'm just after a ...
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What is the action called when a grumpy old man shows that he is annoyed, by making a 'throat-clearing' sound?

Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Is there a more appropriate word or an idiom for that?
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What is a word to describe one's force of personality

I'm looking for a general term to describe an innate ability to compel others to obey. This effect might take the form of seduction, charm, intimidation, inspiration, etc. I do not mean a measure of ...
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Adjective derived from “descendant”?

"Ancestral" means "of or pertaining to an ancestor or ancestors". Is there an adjective which means "of or pertaining to a descendant or descendants"? "Filial" isn't quite the right word, as it ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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Would this qualify as sarcasm?

Let's suppose a guest brought something inappropriate, like maybe a polo mallet and helmet, to an informal beach party (presumably to show off), and I made a snarky remark to my companion: for ...
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Antonym of copypasta

Is there any antonym for "copypasta", preferably in the context of computer programming? I can't think of anything more concise than "written from scratch". Neither Wiktionary or Urban Dictionary ...
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What do you call an object inserted between two pieces (of bone)

Imagine someone has a broken bone and after removing any slivers there is a void between the two bone fragments. In order to assure that the bone grows back correctly, a piece is inserted between the ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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adjective describing a personal difficulty

Trying to think of a word that describes an action that is easily accomplished by most people yet said person cannot. Example: Since fifth grade, I have played the bass in my school orchestra, ...