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A word for a town, city or village that doesn't sound archaic

I always want to use the word "settlement", but it always sounds incredible archaic and that I'm describing a place where people have set up the bare bones of a home. What's a word I can use that ...
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle?

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he is too small for that and he can not change anything?

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he's too small for that and he can't change anything, although he wants to try? For example most of the time artists are ...
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Describing the phonetic interaction between the F and the T in often

In the word often, the labiodental non-sibilant fricative f precedes the alveolar stop t, which is then followed by the vowel e. The Oxford Dictionaries Online offers two accepted pronunciations: ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...
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verb for “To make more modular”

I am a software developer. I am looking for a good verb that I can use to convey to people that I made a set of changes to a piece of code that made the code more modular. In other words, I took a ...
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What is it called when a highly respected person commits an immoral act but people don't believe that he committed the act?

I was wondering. It just came up. It has no real world relevancy. An example: A highly respected businessman commits child abuse and one day his wife finds out about it. She shares what she had ...
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What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault?

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault? For example a person wants to buy a car. He works hard and saves money but by the time he saved ...
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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What to call the time from “midnight to sunset”?

In many religious calendars, the day goes from sunset to sunset. When translating to the civil calendar, you can divide that day into two parts: from sunset to midnight (A), and from midnight to the ...
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Word for next step in homologous series

When several things that are successive go in a series, they are called a homologous series i.e. In Chemistry, there is the homologous series of hydrocarbons e.g. alkanes. I am trying to state that ...
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Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'

I have often observed the knuckles of some people bearing weird bruises. Googling tells me a 'callus' fits the description of the bruise. Is there a term for these knuckles?
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Word for that certain fear, worrying you might involuntarily jump from a cliff?

Is there a word for the following fear: being afraid of doing something you don't want to do and you know you shouldn't. For example: if you're on a high place, you don't want to jump, but you're ...
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Too big a step? [duplicate]

I am recently reading a book called "Small Steps". So there is one sentence I just came across, which was "If he tried to take too big a step,...", I thought this sentence was grammatically wrong, but ...
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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How do you say “make a stack from a pile of sheets of paper” in one word? [on hold]

Fold a pile of papers into a stack? NOT. Is there a word that expresses this concept?
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Word for when one uses the wrong word in a sentence

Specifically, I'm looking for the term for when a person uses a word correctly, but intends a different meaning. For example: I empathize with you. When the person really means: I ...
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Which word or phrase describes a situation where the answer is both a pro and a con?

Sometimes when people are enumerating the good and bad aspects of something, the same thing comes up in both the pros and cons. For example, a certain policy may be considered good because it ...
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A person who is trying to impress somebody

What do we call a person who is trying to impress somebody (not necessarily to gain any advantage). For example, he buys them expensive products, always talking in a sweet manner etc. To describe an ...
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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Word for dismissing someone's opinions as racist, sexist, etc, instead of debating back

I'm looking for either a single word or phrase that would describe either someone or the action of dismissing someone's opinions as something "socially unpopular", without giving any reasoning why, ...
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A word to refer to a text fragment that is not transcribed (or probably transcribed incorrectly) from spoken material?

Let’s say I want to decipher (transcribe) some spoken material (voice) to text, but after doing this, I doubt if some parts have been transcribed correctly. What is appropriate word to describe such ...
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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but wants others to show they care [on hold]

Like I want to be a lone a lot, but I want a text from someone asking me if I want to hang out. Or someone to text me first. Make it seem like they actually randomly think of me and care. I'm always ...
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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Name for presenting two arguments and letting the reader make their own decision?

As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants ...
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Is there a word for a person who gives out too many extraneous details?

I'm looking for a single-word term that describes a personality that wants to give out too many unnecessary details in a conversation. [EDIT] Let me give you guys an example. Suppose you ask your ...
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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Which word meaning “someone who kills bad substances” can be used in an ad campaign?

We have an idea to post short ads like "our company is hiring" in company blog posts. The company develops software and one of duties of people we want to hire will be finding, locating and fixing ...
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Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?

What single word can we use to describe something that has "died through neglect" e.g. a plant that has died due to the person forgetting to water it. (Note: I'm specifically hoping to apply this ...
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A geographical area, inhabited by people but never having had any government

The question is not, about an area which had had government and has fallen into (or achieved!) anarchy, nor about areas which are considered by the inhabitants to be a settlement in continuation or ...
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A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”

While conversing, I sometimes find myself, after listening to what my partner has to say, responding with phrases such as "I see" and "Okay" to indicate that I haven't lost interest but I either don't ...
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Is there a word for irrational anger?

Is there a word to describe irrational anger in a similar way that phobia is used to describe irrational fear?
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What is this type of idiom called: “I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but…”

Basically, when someone says something along the lines of "I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but he should at least pass first grade math." It's peculiar because they are ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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Is there a single word for combining two things for synergism

I am writing a paper where two things are combined to be more efficient than each individually. I think I've used "integrated" 30 times so far.
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Word to describe a person who is leader

I am pretty sure that there is a special word to describe person (specially in politics) whose party gets recognized by that person? For example, Party-A belongs to Person-A, instead of Person-A ...
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An old car in bad condition

I am in need of a word to describe an old, bad conditioned car that is yet still running. Ragged came to my mind, but it seems to be inappropriate for things not related to clothing. Wrecked is also ...
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Is there an umbrella term for fictional and non-fictional works? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word that describes movies, books, poems, plays, and basically anything that is either fiction or non-fiction. "Media" doesn't work because that includes songs and paintings. ...
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Most fitting word for a time interval with specific start and end? [duplicate]

If I'm talking about an appointment of a specific time and duration, what's the most fitting word? "Time span", "time range", "time interval"? Anything else? By "most fitting" I mean that it should ...
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What is the word for the small elements that make up an orange segment?

An orange is made up of segments, but what is the word for the small tear-drop shaped pieces that comprise the segment itself — within each segment membrane? If you break a segment in half you can ...
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Word for something that is emotionally charged in a way that reduces the chances of approaching the subject from an objective point-of-view?

Is there a word for something that "has a lot of emotional associations which lead to difficulties in approaching the subject rationally and objectively"? For example, I would say that "gay ...
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Adjective/adverb that means “seemingly clever, but actually foolish”

Is there a single word in English (or borrowed) that describes someone or some action as being clever or smart on the surface, but is actually quite foolish or unproductive? I used to think ...
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Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error

Something small goes wrong, and this triggers something slightly bigger, which triggers something slightly bigger, and so on and so forth until you end up with a chain of problems of increasing ...
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Request for a word rhyming with 'wolf'

I would like to know if there are words rhyming (perfect, identical or holorhymes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holorime) for the word 'Wolf'. Having searched online only for a short while, I ...