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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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What is a word for “to take pleasure in someone else's success”?

For example, say I work with a group of people, and one completes a very successful project. If I feel happy that a teammate has had a success I then I am…..?
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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A verb that means “to prove someone is guilty of a crime”

Preface: I don't think there is a single-word (verb) that expresses the concept I am asking for, in which case I'd settle for the least ambiguous and most common phrase or idiom that describes the ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Uniquate = Eliminate or replace duplicates, make unique?

I am not a native English speaker and I need a word means modifying a list/set to make it a unique-values list/set eliminating or replacing non-unique values with unique ones. For instance; "Dup", ...
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What do you call someone who has extensive knowledge but won't share it?

What do you call a person that has a lot knowledge/information but decides to not share it? Is it really the classic know-it-all or enlightened?
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles?

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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To make amends from the other side

Suppose somebody has wronged me, and I want them to make amends. Say I ask for an apology. What are my efforts called? Am I also making amends, or is there a word/phrase that describes the action of ...
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The person who requests something is called…?

Let's say that I have a collection of books, and someone requests one of them. How would that person would be called, in one word? The only thing I have been able to come up is "pretender", but does ...
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proper way to write the slang term for “gravitational force”

I came across something very similar to this in a thriller novel: At this stage, the rocket is experiencing its maximum acceleration, say about ten gees. Here, the author has spelled out the ...
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Single verb for make something equivalent

Is there a single verb meaning to make something equivalent to something? I want to use this possibly existent word to express the following: "We transformed Problem A into the following problem B, ...
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What do you call the people getting married in a wedding?

What do you call the people getting married at a wedding, i.e., the bride(s) and groom(s)? I was going to call them the "celebrants" but then I found out that "celebrant" is used for the preacher or ...
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What is one word to describe “i am feeling people are not listening/hearing me”?

How can i express the fact that i feel people are not hearing or acknowledging what i have to say? I have already seen words such as the following (which i don't feel fits well): unheard, inaudible, ...
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The person who puts food on plate?

In places such as cafeterias, there are people who put food on our plates, and I want to know what I can call them.
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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What's the definition of the word “Striving” in this context? [on hold]

What type of person would you find yourself striving alongside in a working environment? Really don't want to look stupid on my job application.
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A word referring to someone to says/tells something/to someone? A problem with ambiguity

Sorry if this has been asked, because i don't seem to be able to search for it due to its common words. I'm having problems coming up with a word for "someone who says or tells something to someone". ...
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Term for an unevenly aligned street intersection?

I'm searching for a way to describe a street intersection where the lanes do not line up directly parallel from one side to the other. I.e., if you were to drive through the intersection and maintain ...
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. 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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Is there a word that is equivalent to handicap but doesn't imply a negative effect?

Imagine a scenario where the default value for a temperature is 20°C. Is there a word that you can use to say that if you do X you add 2°C to that value, if you do Y you minus 7°C to that value and if ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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A word for “wanting everyone else to suffer the same as you”?

Let's say I have the following situation: Student: Professor, do you have the answers for the questions on your textbook? Professor: No. When I was a student like you, we had to struggle to ...
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Word / phrase for a product/system that presents several unrelated functions

What's the word (or phrase) for a product/system that presents several (probably unrelated) functions? Swiss Army Knife is a good example of such products. I'm looking for something other than ...
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Whats the word for the supposed content of an inventory?

Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there. The sentence I have in mind is: compare the actual with the [nominal inventory] The words in brackets ...
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Term for when someone interferes with another's authority?

For example, Bob is not very high ranking in the company, but he is the safety manager. Bob tells Rich not to do something because it is not safe. Jim is Rich's boss and tells him to ignore Bob. ...
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What is the word for using something for other than its intended purpose?

I think this is originally a term used in biology or evolution theory. I heard it in a youtube video but I cannot find it now. Edit: This word does not have negative connotations. For instance, an ...
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Is there an adjective and/or noun that describes a person who is more sensitive to cold than average?

In French, we call people that are very sensitive to cold "frileux" (for a man) and "frileuse" (for a woman). This word can be used as an adjective or a noun. For example, if a group of people is ...
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.' [migrated]

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is ...
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Word for the situation “Get back to the previous situation”

Is there is a single word that denote the situation of getting back to the previous level? Like I want to say, "It is good that something positive had happened but now all X(the word meaning get back ...
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Term for noise shoes make when filled with water?

The 'brogue' shoe originated in Ireland, where it was often "constructed using untanned hide with perforations, allowing water to drain when crossing wet terrain such as a bog" according to Wikipeda. ...
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'Control' meaning (a) check (b) manage [on hold]

Examples: "It shall be controlled" "It shall be maintained in controlled conditions" "Established to control process output" "Level of control depends on ..." "The capability of achieving the ...
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Is there a term for a new meaning? [duplicate]

Some words used to have a different meaning. For example, according to this link, here are a list of twenty words that originally had a different meaning from the connotation that we associate it with ...
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Name of phobia of compromised account security

What would, if any, be the name of the phobia of a person who lives in constant fear of others breaking into their accounts / misusing their personal information? I've found some slightly related ...
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A word to express meanings highly developed AND naturally evolved

My sentence is Human Brain - [word] Computer System Human Brain - a [word] Computer System        will work as well Now the problem is when talking about technology ...
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number of (identical) items sold together

Say a shop sells eggs only in packs of 12 or paper clips only in packs of 100. How do you refer to that number in general? I thought sales unit or selling unit might be the right terms, but those ...
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Word/phrase for a character in a play/movie/story who is not a main character but interacts with at least one of them

In every fictional story, there are three types of characters: 1) The main characters 2) The people who interact with the main characters, but are not main characters themselves - for example, the ...
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A word to describe “the presence of someone/something has little or no significance in a given situation”?

I am trying to use a single word/simple sentence to explain a situation where adding/not adding a part to a device won't make any difference to its functionality.
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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Old nautical word for the wooden pin you tie sail ropes to?

It serves as a kind of 'lynchpin', but another word for that. You can also take it out and use it as a bat, to bash Pirate's heads in. I think there are a bunch of them all around the bottom of the ...
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Word for someone who acts like an expert but who has very little knowledge?

What is a word to describe an individual who acts like an expert in a subject area, constantly stating facts and correcting people, but who actually has very little knowledge on the subject?
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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Word request: sorrow over one’s own ignorance [on hold]

What is the word for sorrow over one’s own ignorance? It’s the feeling you get when confronted with the limits of your knowledge. Faced with a labyrinth of known unknowns, you raise your head up to ...