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A word for an inescapable and pointless situation?

I've heard this word used before but I can't remember it! I've heard it used to describe wars like Iraq and Vietnam. Something you can't escape easily and is causing large problems, like a pit? Here ...
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Antonym of Scholasticism

I have been using the word scholastic to address scholasticism-related things as explained here. In some cases i am in need of addressing the opposite of it and have been using non-scholastic which ...
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What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune?

What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune, or wants to be recognized for something?
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Word for the smell of freshly printed books?

There's this somewhat distinct flavouring scent that emanates from freshly printed books, probably the chemical from the ink. I've been looking up for a word to describe this but I haven't found any. ...
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Is there a Latinate, plural noun for “illicit possessions”?

While composing this comment on an earlier question, I got hung up after "clandestine storage". I felt myself grasping for a single word, styled after errata, desiderata, stigmata, etc, which means ...
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How do you categorize groups of people as subjects?

When compiling published content, one method of sorting or filtering is by audience. There, the term “audience” generally implies a curation of material for assumed identities of a readership ...
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Does Java Mean Sunrise in Some Language [on hold]

I knew that java is a type of coffee, however, a friend told me that java means sunrise in another language. This was in regards to the origins or the Java programming language. I know that the logo ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning."
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4answers
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Collective word for software and hardware

I'm looking for a term that collectively describes both software and hardware. Doesn't have to be a single word but it would be preferable.
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1answer
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What do you call the player who's scored most goals in a soccer (BrEng ‘football’) championship?

I tried translating from Portuguese (artilheiro), but only got words related to war like: gunner, artillery man, etc.
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Is there a word that means selectively nonconformist?

I'm looking for a word that means someone or something that has a tendency to go against convention, but only when effective. This would eliminate words like unconventional, unorthodox, contrarian, ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral [on hold]

A word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral. Eg: In legal terms we use - "In letter but not in Spirit" , if this can be replaced by a single word ?
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What is a good word to use to describe someone who has that young, unknowing innocence about them?

I'm trying to think of a good word that expresses the meaning of someone who, like a child who doesn't know of the bad things going on in the world, that is innocent and unknowing in a certain ...
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Terminology to describe the formal use of “I wish to”

I am aware that there is a similar post, however, is there a more specific term (other than simply formal) to describe the use of "I wish" in the following case: If your Ladyship doesn't wish to ...
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What's a word for setting up a mechanism to prevent you from doing something in the future no matter what you may say or do then?

Suppose I've a tough exam tomorrow and I plan to study all day. Knowing that I'm usually great at procrastinating, I ask my family members to keep a tab on me and to do whatever is necessary to bring ...
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, ...
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4answers
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A term that describes the “shoulder angel/devil” but on a broader scale

I am attempting to find a phrase or word equivalent to "shoulder angel/devil", but on a broader scale, that does not only refer to the idea of "good" versus "bad". A shoulder angel/devil is a plot ...
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2answers
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A superset of contractor, employee and businesses?

I need a single word to define an employee, contractor or any business entity (e.g. sole-proprietorship, corporation) that provides services in exchange for pay. I saw ...
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Word for when set A is not a subset or superset of set B

I'm looking for a word to describe the relationship between two sets when set A is neither a subset nor superset of set B. Obviously if a technical term exists, great. Otherwise, imagine someone has ...
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1answer
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word for a condescending, snarky, yet awkward and jealous, person

i'm looking for a word for a person who is cynical, judgmental, nitpicking, condescending but also flawed, gawky and timid (in an unfamiliar setting), and is harboring some kind of jealousy towards ...
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1answer
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A term / title that describes “metadata” details for knowledge base article

I'm working on creating a knowledge base and want a section on each page to be essentially "metadata" for an article. Things like: Author name of article. Applicable product. Date the article was ...
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4answers
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Noun for a person who thrives under pressure

I don't know of any nouns that describes a person who thrives under pressure. In basketball and sports in general, I know people who do well under pressure are called clutch. However, clutch would be ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Term for “avoiding reality”

Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive ...
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Word to drink something quickly, as in 'down' or 'chug' a shot

I'm looking for a word to describe the act of drinking alcohol quickly / taking a shot. I need a formal (as these I deem informal) word akin to: He chugged the beer. She downed the shot. ...
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6answers
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What do you call a person who does anything to get something?

I need an adjective to describe a person who does anything to get something. Macbeth's character is very ambitious but also ....
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Word that means “recognizing that something is 'a thing'”

I once read a story about a Navy man who, due to a bad childhood, never learned what emotions were. To him, there was no "angry", "happy", or "sad" — it was just "intense" and "not intense". Although ...
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1answer
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What is the name for the part of a whistle where its string goes through?

I've been trying to find the word which refers to the part of a whistle shown below: Does anyone know the exact term (if there's any) or a name by which it's commonly referred to as?
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3answers
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What to call an adorable little kid? [on hold]

What to call an adorable little kid? I'm looking for something similar to "sweetie" which someone uses to call their lover.
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7answers
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A word for a person who is doubtful and always second-guesses everything he knows [on hold]

I was just wondering, I know somebody here knows what word I'm referring to. For example: Person 1: I like that guy because of his looks. Person 2: Do you really? Or are you just feeling ...
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4answers
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Is there a word for a queue or buffer of orders in a restaurant?

In many restaurants, and I suppose other businesses as well, orders are taken from customers and put into a location from which a pool of servers can pick one up and service the order. Is there are ...
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3answers
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Word for “repeat giver” or “repeat giving”?

My clergyman asked me whether there exists a single word for a person or thing "that keeps on giving," that is, gives over and over again. I couldn't come up with such a word, but I volunteered the ...
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1answer
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What term describes “the degree to which peers can loan each other money”?

I want to make a distinction between two groups of people: Group A has the liquidity and borrowing power. Group B has minimal liquidity and borrowing power. The term "credit rating" implies it's ...
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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...
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0answers
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One word for a terrible novel? [duplicate]

Is there a noun rather than an adjective to define a novel or a book that is not worth reading?
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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What is the one word for different form of same thing?

I am making a report over different database languages. I am curious to know if there is one word for representing different forms/variants of the same ting ? Is "dialect" okay ? say "SQL dialects" ...
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8answers
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Word for writing from memory

Is there a single word that means "writing from memory?" Just as when one recites a poem or speech, he or she reproduces it from memory verbally, is there a single word that expresses the same ...
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A simple word or phrase that describes a non-conflict “day in the life” story introduction

I tell my students that I want their stories to start out as normal "day in the life" explorations of the world they're writing about. I'd like to find a better way of saying that. I'm not looking for ...
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Umbrella term for words like indifference, neglect, deafening silence, ignorance (as in not care), disregard, insensitive, cold shoulder, inaction

I have been trying to research and catalog words that describe phenomenon related to an attitude or state to things that involve neither superficially positive nor negative immediate impacts (or does ...
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What is the single-word category name for such things as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and deserts?

If Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are considered “days”, and spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter are considered “seasons”, then what category name corresponds to things like breakfast, lunch, dinner, ...
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1answer
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Word for part of speech before the main speech

I am not trying to troll anybody, although it might seem like it. Also, this is not intended to be funny or anything. The question I wanted to ask is what do you call the part of a ...
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1answer
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What is the act of breaking a pen nib after signing a death sentence called?

I have noticed that every time a judge sentences someone to death sentence, he breaks his pen’s nib after signing his order. So what is this act called? I mean any specific term or single word for ...
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3answers
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Word meaning “having the power to both create and destroy something”

I'm looking for a single word, noun or adjective, that conveys the meaning "having the power to both create and destroy" something specific. For example: The magician seemingly had < insert ...
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Is there a word for salivating in response to negative stimuli, as opposed to positive stimuli?

Like when you smell a dead rat your mouth produces saliva and makes you spit a lot. Or when you see something gross, doesn't make you vomit, but your mouth waters you spit a lot.
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1answer
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What are the characters called in a book

In English, we have words for the characters in something/the people acting something. An example would be "The cast of the film was very talented." Would it be right to say "The cast of the book ...
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is there a word for this?

I know there is a word for getting exactly one result in the SERP of google. But is there a word for making a comment here or a tweet that exactly fills the permitted space? I.e. a "0-char left" tweet ...
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Word for pending project or collaboration

What word could I use to describe a future project or collaboration that isn't guaranteed to happen? I was emailing someone that I had talked with very briefly about collaborating on a project ...