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4answers
287 views

ostentatious vs pretentious [closed]

Looking at the definition of these words it appears they are pretty similar: Pretentious: Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or ...
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1answer
70 views

Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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1answer
58 views

Open the rivers of Heaven?

I've heard someone saying "Their task in worship is to open the rivers of Heaven", and I understand that it means something like "Their task is to make worship extremely beautiful", but is there a ...
4
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1answer
57 views

Is a *by-law* the same thing as an *in-law*?

When I was a student (over fifty years ago) I had a landlady who used to talk about her 'aunt-by-law'. I wish I had been bold enough to ask her the nature of the relationship, but I have always ...
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4answers
178 views

A single word which can be used in the place of floccinaucinihilipilification whithout losing the nuances of its meaning [closed]

Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men. Is there a single word that ...
0
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2answers
97 views

Difference between “repress” and “quell” [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between repress and quell? Are they interchangeable?
2
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6answers
91 views

Misusing 'hone' to express subtly different idea that combines 'hone' and 'home in' [duplicate]

This question is similar, but I'm looking for something subtly different. Suppose you have a philosophy describing a way of thinking and acting. Acting on this philosophy requires work: your mind ...
3
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3answers
159 views

Is there a word for human litter-mates?

If my brother and I shared a womb during gestation (as humans) we're twins. If there was another sibling in there we're triplets.. and so on, but is there a general term to describe us irrespective of ...
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2answers
64 views

Is there words that mean “meet the criteria”?

I'm making a comic strip and looking for a funny word in the theme of hair, maybe something that means "make it meet the criteria". Thanks in advance It is hard for me to explain, as my first ...
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4answers
78 views

What is synonym of Abide? [closed]

What is synonym of Abide? a) Pays b) Diverts c) Hang Real sentence is "Curse abides on a tyrant for ever!"
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1answer
42 views

I need a verb to replace “to know” in this sentence [closed]

This paper seeks to know if those who perpetuate rape are the only ones responsible.
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13answers
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Is there a male equivalent of 'bitch'?

While I know you can attribute 'bitch' to a male, I feel there is a sense of femininity. I was wondering if there is a colloquial equivalent that describes someone with the qualities of a 'bitch' ...
0
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2answers
139 views

Words similar to “vainly”/“in vain” meaning it is pointless to even try do do something [closed]

I'm reading a poem which contains the lines "How vainly men themselves amaze / to win the palm, the oak, the bays". This got me wondering about words like "vainly" or "in vain" not meaning: "doing ...
2
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1answer
69 views

Can 'trains' be used as a synonym for 'postponement'

Was solving a cryptic crossword clue recently which reads Coaches for postponement (6) The answer is 'trains' obvious from coaches , but dont get the postponement reference. The solution ...
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2answers
266 views

Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”? [duplicate]

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is the same as a pupil. Would it be correct, if I said "He is a pupil of MBA."? Which of the following expressions is the most ...
7
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4answers
523 views

Usage of diffuse vs. defuse

I often hear phrases such as "infantry were sent in to diffuse/defuse the situation," and I am never quite sure which people are saying, and which is correct. Both seem to make sense. To me (a ...
3
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13answers
250 views

A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was one word in English for "to read something thoroughly until one understands it well"? I am trying to translate a word which has this meaning in Chinese. Thanks.
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2answers
168 views

Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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1answer
78 views

Usage of the word “curious” in the meaning of peculiar: always correct or only as 'artistic' form? [closed]

To me the word "curious" would be something you can be i.e. I am curious what tomorrow will bring I recently read a text of a student I was supervising which used it as follows A curious ...
0
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2answers
55 views

Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far...
0
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5answers
101 views

Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
1
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1answer
53 views

Displaying two things scaled differently - ratio?

If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell ...
1
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1answer
26 views

Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
0
votes
2answers
104 views

WHat would be a proper alternative word or phrase for “Social Network” but have the same impact or meaning as it? [closed]

What people normally first think in my opinion when they hear "social network". What else could you say apart from social network.
0
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1answer
134 views

Mob/Riot/Protest?

There are three words that I know that refer to groups of people in the public: mob, riot and protest. What is the difference between these words? Are there other words with similar meanings? Also, ...
0
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3answers
110 views

Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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7answers
270 views

Appropriate word for smile

I'm looking for an appropriate word for a certain kind of a smile. Are you in love with that girl' asked she with a grin on her face. I have used the word grin but I guess grin is a broad ...
0
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3answers
148 views

Is there a word that means the trait asking a question out of skepticism in hopes of finding the truth?

There are many synonyms for asking a question. Is there one that means or implies that the person asking the question is skeptical and hopes to find the truth? It'd have to be in the form of a trait. ...
3
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2answers
392 views

Are the words 'innuendo' and 'insinuation' different in meaning?

According to the dictionary the two words are synonymous to each other but I think there is a subtle difference in meaning between the two words that I do not find in the dictionary. I thought of ...
2
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1answer
163 views

go there vs go up there

What is the difference between 'go up there' and 'go there'? Examples: The boys want to go up there. He didn't want to go there. Are they interchangeable in the above examples?
0
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1answer
61 views

Meaning of the word “brook” in Rise Against song “Lanterns”

The song lyrics are here, with the following: The black brook calls It sings a chorus While the gathering swells The flames grow tall Right before us As drums keep pounding And the masses now are ...
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2answers
1k views

Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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3answers
2k views

“Explain” versus “Explicate”

Is there a difference in meaning between the words 'explain' and 'explicate', or are they interchangeable? It seems that explicate is just a very formal (pretentious?) version of explain, that is ...
7
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9answers
732 views

Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
2
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2answers
3k views

Difference between contract and catch [a disease]

What could be the difference between contracting a disease and catching a disease? I know there isn't any big difference. However, it looks like there are some diseases you can both catch and ...
0
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3answers
95 views

Swim into the water [closed]

Is it correct to say "I swim into the water" as a synonym of "I dive"? Thank you
0
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1answer
135 views

Preference vs Favoritism

Could anyone please explain the subtle difference between preference and favoritism? Both of them basically give the same meaning, but there is something more than that in it. Can someone point that ...
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3answers
158 views

What's the meaning of 90-plus?

What's the meaning of 90-plus? More than 90? If so, please tell me more ways to say "more than 90". Thank you!
0
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3answers
94 views

What do people normally call a glass walled lab or room? [closed]

I remember reading Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol and coming across a word that was used to call one of Katherine lab/research rooms. I can't remember what it is, and this really bugs me. Does anyone ...
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1answer
67 views

Why is “violent” a synonym of “impetuous”? [closed]

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, impetuous can be defined succinctly as "without thought or reason; controlled by emotion rather than thought". However, violent is listed as a synonym, ...
0
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1answer
83 views

Replacement for the phrase “Online Represence”

I'm writing a CV. I have a section which I've currently named "Online Presence" in which I give details of my online accounts like twitter, linkedin, github, stackexchange etc. But the phrase "Online ...
3
votes
4answers
351 views

Remaining particles after making coffee or tea

When we make coffee or tea, there are particles that remain at the bottom of the jar. Is it right to call them 'rudiments' or is there another term for this?
0
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3answers
105 views

Are derived class and deriving class interchangeable terms? [closed]

Consider the following statement that I quoted from Inheritance and Derived Classes (C# vs Java) You can extend the functionality of an existing class by creating a new class that derives from ...
1
vote
2answers
287 views

Looking for possible words to describe certain meanings [closed]

In order to come up with a good company name in the field of Information Technology, I'm working on compiling two groups of words. First: Words that have similar meaning to: improvement, doing ...
0
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1answer
444 views

Are “rescind”, “repeal”, and “annul” perfect synonyms?

What are the best places to use these three verbs: rescind repeal annul Are these all exactly similar in meaning, or are they supposed to be used for different purposes?
4
votes
1answer
140 views

Why is it a mosquito *bite*?

I don't understand, why you would call it a bite, when a mosquito "bites" you. I'm fine with saying "bite" to a wound produced by a tick or other insects that actually have a mouth or something ...
3
votes
3answers
365 views

More precise word or phrase for neutral connotation of racism

Racism in the dictionary means a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Underlie, Underlay, Underlying and Underlaying

What is the difference between "underlay", "underlie" and their present continuous forms (and adjectives) "underlying" and "underlaying"? And what is the right word to say something like: The ...
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1answer
2k views

“Perhaps” versus “probably” [closed]

Can I say Perhaps the most natural option is to... instead of The most natural option is probably to... Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Generally speaking, should I prefer ...
0
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1answer
450 views

Is there a difference between “opt” and “choose”?

Could you give examples where one is better suited than the other one? Or are they completely synonymous? (I'm not a native speaker.) Update: I'm writing a piece software documentation and I wonder ...