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A word to describe someone who acts contrary to their own self interest?

Last week I remember seeing this fancy word that described people who acted opposite or contrary to there own self interest. I can't remember the word and it is driving me insane. The word Akrasia ...
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What would you call a person who is being replaced by another

In my specific case, I need a single word to call an employee who is being replaced by another due to his/her retirement, death, resignation etc. Anything like “Replacee” may be suitable.
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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What is the term for inserting that *may* lead to subsequent removal?

In terms of any sort of collection of things, where the collection is limited in the amount of members it may have. I suppose 'replacement' would be enough to describe insertion of one thing then ...
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Word for human exceptionalism - not exactly anthropocentric

I'm seeking a word for the idea that humans are fundamentally different from other animals, in that they can't e.g. feel emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, &c. It's not quite the same as ...
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A word to describe someone that provides “tough love?”

I am looking for a word that describes someone that exhibits nurturing qualities (as in wants those around him/her to improve and get better) but has high expectations for those same people. ...
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looking for a name of a type of sentence that uses names of things

What is it called when you create a sentence made mostly of names, places or things? An example being After waking from (sleeping with sirens) i realized today would be (A day to remember) ...
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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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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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What is a word to describe a toxin that is ubiquitous but in trace amounts?

What is a word to describe a toxin that exists ubiquitously in small amounts?
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Term for Subversive, Passive-Aggressive Insults (In which the insulter has plausible deniability, concerning any actual effort at offense)

To clarify, what I'm seeking is a term that represents a speaker offering a backhanded compliment, in which the speaker is the only one that doesn't share this point of view. Example: "Personally, I ...
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Single Word Request for Orders “Sent Off” to Another Company for Processing

I am looking for a word to use in an order management application to name orders which have been "sent off" to a second company and are awaiting shipment. We use "PROCESSED" on our end for this. I ...
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Is there a term that means temporary base camp?

It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not ...
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Synonym/more sophisticated term for free-flowing

I am looking for an apt, or rather, a more sophisticated description for my cacographic handwriting style. The term free-flowing is strictly accurate. However, I am looking for a adjective or term ...
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Another word for “A relationship of causality/ cause-effect relationship”

I am not sure if "cause-effect relationship" fits in this context. I have looked for better alternatives but I couldn't find one that fits here: So far, this chapter has provided an analysis of ...
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Word for being the only one to volunteer

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or action where out of a group of people, there is a single volunteer to undergo a task or similar.
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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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What is a word for “Reason to Leave”?

What is a word that means "Reason to leave"? For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word? Thank you!
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What do I call a person who I have helped?

What do I call a person who I have helped? I help others, what should I call them or when I'm writing, how should I mention them?
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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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I'm surprised, well actually not that surprised

Last night I cooked some broccoli and cauliflower and before serving them I lightly coated them in a lemon-infused olive oil with some fresh basil. I was surprised it was so tasty, yet at the ...
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Is there a better way to refer to a future reader of a literary work?

What is a less bland way of referring to "future readers" of text? Enigmadan asked a question today (December 11th, 2014 for [future readers]) If there are ever any [future readers] ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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is there a word to represent once every nine months

is there a single word to represent "once every nine months"? Since 9 months is a fraction larger than half a year, semi-annualy seems wrong.
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A phrase containing all “special” characters

A pangram is the phrase that contains all letters of given alphabet. Is there any name for a phrase containing all "special" letters of given alphabet? By "special" characters I understand all ...
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A synonym for “over” in “over a distance”

Could you give me the best synonym for over in this situation? Aqueduct: artificial channel for conducting water over a distance. I know it is the best preposition for this context. But I wonder ...
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Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence?

What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence? As in a word that ends a sentence. A terminal word? Or terminator?
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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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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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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A change that can be effected to various degrees of completion as necessary

How do I describe a change that need not be completely effected, but can be run to any desired degree of completion? I'm writing an essay about the French revolution and want to describe how some ...
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What do you call a person who completed prerequisite classes for a master's degree but didn't finish their thesis?

I don't necessarily mean a single word, but a short, precise and neutral-sounding phrase that can be used in a CV. The goal is to signify that the only reason for the lack of the degree is the thesis, ...
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Is there a name for words that define socio-economic groups?

I was wondering if there was a name for the words that define classes by labeling individuals within socio-economic structures, such as "serfs" or "masters" in a line like: "Masters in the ...
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Disambiguating 'dataset' in an overloaded context

A researcher generates data from their investigations. This data may be represented as an entity labelled a 'dataset'. Eventually, the research gets published, and the dataset has its state modified ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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Is there a proper name for saying something like “stack'em”?

Is there a proper name for saying something like stack'em instead of stack them or any other "'em" in place of "them"? Is it slang or something to do with dialect? UPDATE It is a ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the English Wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". You can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. What is the difference between "matter-containing media" and "matter"?
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Inheritting the characteristics of a role in a play/movie

I'm looking for a term for a person who enacts a role in a play/movie by forgetting himself, or "leaving himself and acquiring the role's characteristics." Sometimes it implies "Moving his soul to ...
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“Cinderellarize” or word meaning “a magical transformation”

I am seeking a word(verb) to describe a magical transformation that makes a thing to appear very attractive without changing the essence. I am thinking to use "Cinderellarize" but not sure if that ...