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What do you call the love of ancient ruins?

I am trying to find one word that describes the love of old building ruins.
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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Antonym of “Cascade”

In our company, at the beginning of year, we have what is known as Goals Cascading. Essentially, the senior most people in the firm set goals for the entire firm and then the people at the next level ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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He nearly drowned

Imagine two similar, but technically different scenarios: While swimming he was caught by the torrent. It put him under water, he breathed in some water, got unconscious. Some passers-by pulled him ...
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Word / compact phrase for written fictional works?

While literature is colloquially often used in this context, that word is clearly defined in most dictionaries as: Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic ...
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What is the correct word / words for the information about someone's body, like hip circumference? [on hold]

I would like to find a suitable word, that summarises data like different body parts' circumferences. What I could think of is 'Body Information', but it sounds bad at least for my non-native ears, ...
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What do you call the act of taking science and making it available to the broader public?

In French we have a word, vulgarisation, which is the act of synthesizing complex knowledge into a form that a broad audience can understand. I know that the final product is called popular science in ...
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What do you call someone who can't keep secrets?

Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it. What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because ...
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [on hold]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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Term for competitor that is not the favourite

In a betting sport such as horse racing or boxing, the competitor for whom the odds are lowest is known as the favourite. Can the other competitors be termed something in contrast?
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What word can fulfill the most parts of speech?

I know there are several parts of speech: Noun Verb Pronoun Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection There might be others as well. Sometimes a word, depending on how it is used, can ...
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [on hold]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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Is there any slang word for somebody who doesn't show up for a date?

Is there any slang word that describes somebody who doesn't show up when you date him?
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What word can I use instead of “tomorrow” that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun? [on hold]

Long story short, I'm writing a story about vampires in a larger historical context. They likely have their own slang to help them avoid any references to the sun and to God, since both of those ...
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How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [on hold]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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Is there a word for satisfaction in others receiving justice?

Is there a word for satisfaction of hearing about justice that does not affect you? e.g. you hear on the news that a diet foods company has been ordered to compensate customers for deliberately ...
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Simple word/ slang for “Re-share a content”

I need a simple(commonly used/known) word or short slang(2 words max.) which means to re-share a piece of information with your network of friends. Something just like "Share" on social networks. ...
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Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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One single word for honour killing [on hold]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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Word: Tacky Rich People/Trashy Wealthy People [on hold]

Is there any single word to describe, as the title says, tacky rich/trashy wealthy people? The word nouveau riche describes this pretty nicely, while ODE lists the following as synonyms: the new ...
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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How do you describe something that has “just enough” details?

I want to describe something that is neither too broad and general, nor too detailed. It may be fit to just describe it as "a detailed analysis of so-and-so..", but I want to emphasize the fact that ...
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What do you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of a building?

For example, what would you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of an earthquake? I thought of survivors but that doesn't imply they are stuck somewhere in any way. Suggestions?
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Is there a word for 2 different sentences with the same meaning in some context?

For example: I often want to eat pie because I really like it. and Due to my overwhelming approval of pie, I commonly long for ingesting it. These two sentences happen to have the same meaning ...
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Verb for “I wish I were” him?

Is there a verb to describe a person who you wish you could be? For example, if you wish you were Bob, then I __ Bob.
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Single word for something that is harmful, yet necessary [on hold]

Can anyone please help me to substitute "something that harms us, but we which also we depend on" with an equivalent word or phrase? An example: "Every year, river water causes flooding in its ...
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Is there a word for answering a question with a question?

I am aware that answering student questions with further, leading questions is sometimes dubbed “Socratic,” but I am asking more broadly about all occasions where someone asks a question and, instead ...
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Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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A word for high level officials in the government

What is a good word for high level officials in the government? The officials I have in mind are in the upper echelon in the government hierarchy and can wield broad power. What I want to say is: ...
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An exact word for the opposite of academic progress? [on hold]

I have been confronted with a word so many times for which I couldn't find any equivalent in English. What is an opposite term for academic progress? I mean specifically when one is no longer doing ...
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What is the name for a person who raises turkeys?

Some agricultural professions have specific names assigned to them. For example, a person who raises sheep is a shepherd and a person who raises cattle is a rancher. What would a person who raises ...
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Is “irritance” not a word?

I thought the word irritance was a word — but it isn’t one according to Google and my dictionary. It sounds correct; what is the word I should use? By irritance I mean something that’s being ...
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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Unintentional Lies and Misinformation

Imagine a scenario where Jim provides a piece of information to Sue. Jim believes this information to be true and correct, but is later proven to be mistaken. Some might say that Jim lied to Sue. I ...
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What are synonyms of the word “metadata”?

Metadata is "data about data". Are there other words with similar meaning?
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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Single word for feeling bad about feeling bad

There arises situations when at first we feel bad about something and then later we feel bad about feeling bad in the first place about that something. I don't exactly remember the situation I was ...
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Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [on hold]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
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Pronunciation problem with “park” and “walk”. Is there a name for this “phenomenon”?

Now and then, I struggle to say a pair of words such as "park and walk". It may come out as "park and wark" or "pork and walk". It occurs generally when the two words are close together in a ...
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Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
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Word for a person being used

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is being used. This person would be the subject (a noun) not a verb or or adjective. Maybe like a pushover.