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What is a word for over-celebrating?

I am looking for a word similar to pompous or haughty. I thought of it for a while, and could not find a word that fit that description. It's also similar to tooting your own horn too much.
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Dynamic Society

Is there a single word that describes Dynamic Society ? like 'Dynasociety' ? that's a self created word, but I was thinking, if the word itself does not exist, are there any rules in creating a new ...
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Word for having strong political opinions but no consistent “side”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe someone who has strong political opinions or beliefs, but they belong to such a wide variety of "sides" that you can't really pin them down with a specific ...
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Unpredictable person

What is an adjective that describes a person who is unpredictable in a negative or potentially dangerous way? I keep thinking "volatile," but I'm looking for a word more cohesive with the description ...
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What is the term for a countable noun that is normally used as an uncountable noun?

There are many questions on this site (EL&U) about countable and uncountable nouns, including one about uncountable nouns that can sometimes be used as if they were countable nouns. This question ...
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What's the word to describe someone who is trying to appear dumber than they actually are? [duplicate]

What would describe someone who puts on a façade of stupidity, but is actually much smarter than they appear? I would say that this is the oppposite of pretentious. I have looked all over the web and ...
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An adjective which means “the father of a bride gives her away”?

What adjective could I use to describe the typical ‘Western’ wedding custom, whereby the father of the bride gives his daughter away? I need an adjective that describes this tradition, in order to ...
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What is an appropriate one word replacement for the word “spam”?

Oxford Dictionary defines spam as: Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, ...
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Is there a word for “false accuser”?

Say I robbed you which makes you angry and then I blame you for being angry even though I caused it. So in a sense I'm accusing you falsely and making you a scapegoat. Is there a single word for what ...
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What's another way of saying “interested in”? [on hold]

What's another way of saying "interested in"? In my cover letter, I want to say "i am interested in this position..." but I have already used the word "interested" and I want to use another word to ...
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what is the word for something which may exist or may not

If I'm looking for an object which may or may not exist, could I say it exists hypothetically, given the definition of hypothetical? a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of ...
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An adjective for the condition of a used brush

What adjective best describes the weariness and disarrangement that starts to show in your toothbrush when you've used it for some time? Nothing severe; just a little out of shape: It doesn't have ...
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A single word to describe a young, successful team or organization

My kid's youth soccer club (let's call it Team A) is merging with another club (Team B). I am working on a website banner to announce the merger. Team A has been around for over 40 years and quite ...
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A word for feeling simultaneously happy & sad [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that means feeling both happy and sad at the same time. Here's a sentence I'd like to use it in: "At least we got one vote," she said with a (word I'm looking for) smile.
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Term for: Simultaneous rare experience/occurrence

I'm talking about a situation where I hear a word, phrase, or telling of an actual experience from one source (e.g., a friend's mouth), and almost immediately hear the exact same word or phrase from a ...
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Synonym of 'kangaroo court'

From legal-dictionary.com, kangaroo court is defined as such: [Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial ...
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People of different ages who share the same birthday

I'd like to find a word to encompass multiple people who share the same birthday (but were not necessarily born in the same year): Best wishes to my <birthday-sharing friends> for a wonderful ...
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What do you call someone who is obsessed with video games?

I need a slang word which means someone addicted to playing video or computer games. Could gameaholic work? It can't be nerd or geek because although those expressions denote someone who is ...
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3answers
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How to specify a date or version to indicate that the situation might be different in the future

(I have huge difficulties expressing this without an example, feel free to edit everything) I have information that refers to the current version of a software. It might be irrelevant to users of ...
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What is a layman's term for "uniform distribution [on hold]

I'm creating an implementation of a Lindenmayer system (L-system) in the Clojure programming language and I'm trying to figure out a name for a utility function which takes a number of arguments and ...
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Is there a word for when you run into someone and both of you try to avoid each other and fail, repeatedly? [duplicate]

It has most certainly happened to all of us at least once: Two people walking along the same narrow pathway in opposite directions walk into each other. There is room for both to pass each other, ...
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Word for a person from another race?

I am searching for a word that means 'of another race' to be used in context of a sentence such as, "She was deeply protective to her [of other race], foster children.", "They shunned the ...
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English reference to a work colleague

What do you call someone who does not delegate and tries to do everything themselves
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What is a word to describe an action that was not prompted by any special/specific occasion?

For example, you might give a birthday gift or a wedding gift, but a gift that wasn't one of those might be a ______ gift.
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One word noun for a person that is always seeking the truth? [on hold]

Could the word "dogmatic" be used as a noun meaning "a person that is always seeking the truth?" For example, is it valid to say that "Dogmatics had failed at truth seeking"? I am trying to understand ...
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Word/phrase to describe a person who always searches to benefit from other people? [duplicate]

What is a formal word/phrase that describes a person who always searches to benefit from other people? It is hard to recall the word in my own language to translate. So I decided to give it a try and ...
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word meaning 'in large numbers'

I want to know a word which can be used to indicate that a particular object is ordered 'in large numbers'. The terms like numerous and many do not reflect my stress on numbers. Can anyone suggest a ...
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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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Word for phrases that are examples of what they describe

Is there a word (or phrase) for phrases that are examples of what they describe? For example, "You the verb" to tell someone they forgot a verb in an online posting, or "spacesmakethingseasiertoread". ...
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How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”? [on hold]

I often use the literal ("old?") meaning of "awesome" in an equivocation: I smell awesome right now. Then they say: No, you smell terrible. And the punchline comes: I'm using the ...
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5answers
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A word for a value between 0 and 1 (inclusive)

I'm a programmer. I'm so sick of writing documentation for things that should be explainable in a word. When you write a function in a programming language, you get to name its parameters. Most ...
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4answers
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word for sleep-deprived frustration

I'm keenly aware of the feeling - the anger or shortened fuse that comes with lack of sleep. I can't figure out a word for expressing it though... Any suggestions?
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Is there a word or phrase for this kind of visitation-oriented room?

Let me give two examples: Bank You are a customer in a bank office making a loan. The room might look like a regular office, but really this part of the office is very limited. This part of the ...
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a word or hyphenated term for a resource harvester?

I need a generic term for mines, farms, collectors, and anything that harvests a resource (iron, food, water, etc). The closest thing I've thought of so far is "resource harvester", which is a little ...
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Is there an English word to describe a group of refrain words composed of two syllables e.g. pera-pera, meaning fluently, iki-iki meaning vividly?

The Japanese language has a special group of words which repeat mostly two syllable word like pera pera, para para, don don, suku suku, that are used adverbially for examples; Pera pera eigowo ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Ignoring God or lack of worship [on hold]

Is there a single word for the act of a believer temporarily ignoring, or failing to worship, (any) God? For instance: "God is becoming vengeful due to your [lack of worship]."
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Is there a nice phrase for 'flaw in the process'? [on hold]

Is there a nice phrase for conveying the meaning that 'flaw in the process'?
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Adjective for “so far”

Is there an adjective form for "so far"? Ex: "My progress so far" = "My _____ progress" I cannot use words like "initial" because that implies that the work has just begun, which may not be the ...
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Beneficaries? Meaning (so not beneficiaries!)? [on hold]

Wat is the meaning of the word beneficaries (not beneficiaries!)? Dictionaries are no help here.
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A word for “love of metaphor”?

Does there exist an adjective that can be used to describe someone with a love for metaphors, metaphorical language, and/or symbolis?
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Word/phrase for when someone places a bet which is similar to your own

If you are making a bet or wager with someone, and you are both trying to guess as close to a particular value as you can (for example, date, weight or similar) then one particular strategy is to wait ...
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Is there a word that's used to describe when a person takes the words of someone else's and says the exact opposite for comedic effect?

On YouTube, in the comment section of a video, there was an argument and one person in the argument kept saying they "parodied" a sentence in the original comment. But instead of mimicking and ...
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What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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3answers
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Synonym for observee

I'm looking for a synonym for observee, i.e. something that is observed. The word observee doesn't seem be used much, so I would like to have a more common word if it exists. I need to use it in a ...
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What's a word that captures the sentiment of “inside looking outwards”?

I'm attempting to title a paper I'm writing about the traditions of a certain group of people; and my analysis is focused on what these traditions mean to them, and how they see others interpret their ...
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what's the word when you feel like [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the word that best describes the feeling when you feel like you're experiencing the same thing someone else has actually experienced?
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6answers
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A word/phrase for someone who changes the world

For a fantasy writing project,1 I am looking for a title or epithet for a character that emphasizes that the character has changed the world. Either a single word, or a phrase that could reasonably be ...
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A word for a word describing a property of a list entry

Let's say I have a list like this: PEOPLE Name: Bert Age: 762 Profession: Blacksmith Name: Yvonne Age: 23 Profession: Clown puncher ...