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Difference between promptness and promptitude

Seeing this EL&U question: 'saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you', the first word that came to my mind was promptitude which, as the definition states, can ...
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1 or 2 word synonym of “fill in the blank”

That is, to fill in a gap or blank. For instance, to fill a pothole. Patch comes to mind. Nothing else really.
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91 views

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other?

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other? For example: John verbally compares a and b but hints that a is superior. With what word would I replace compares ...
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1answer
59 views

What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
3
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0answers
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Can you clarify usage of “all but…”? [duplicate]

Example sentence: "As the concert ended, the atmosphere was all but ecstatic." Replace words with synonyms: all = everything but = except The sentence would appear: "...the atmosphere was ...
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1answer
105 views

What is the meaning of 'Oshkosh by Gosh'?

I was recently watching a TV series named suits where a character said "Oshkosh by Gosh". I googled it and all I could find was the meaning of bagash from this site. Urban Dictionary - Bagash What ...
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1answer
24 views

Is addendum synonymous to supplement?

What's the difference between addendum and supplement? The way I see it they both mean pretty much the same thing. It's something added to something else to complete it. I think supplement can be used ...
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1answer
37 views

Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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2answers
60 views

Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...
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4answers
118 views

Context on using available vs accessible

Consider the following two sentences: 1) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is available to everyone. 2) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is accessible for ...
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2answers
99 views

Whta's the difference between “relation” and “relationship”? [duplicate]

At my English lesson I said "They had good relations" (about two neighbors), but my teacher corrected me "They had good realtionship". Why?
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Does “exotic” have racist connotation? [closed]

Sometimes you hear people use "exotic" to refer to something foreign to them. It can be a place, music, food, clothes, or even a person. Some people argue that the word exotic has racist connotation ...
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1answer
547 views

Difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”

What is the difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”? I found these questions: Difference between “aim” and “purpose” Difference between “purpose” and ...
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2answers
97 views

Formal phrase for “in hopes that”

I'm using in hopes that in the following sentence. However, it does not seems to be formal and appropriate for a scientific paper. Is there any similar phrase that has the same meaning but more formal ...
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4answers
381 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
100 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
63 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 ...
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1answer
60 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
198 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 ...
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2answers
106 views

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

What is the difference in meaning between repress and quell? Are they interchangeable?
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6answers
98 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 ...
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3answers
170 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
84 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
89 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
45 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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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' ...
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2answers
218 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 ...
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1answer
80 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
884 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 ...
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4answers
616 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 ...
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13answers
307 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
196 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
108 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 ...
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2answers
65 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...
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5answers
107 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 ...
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1answer
58 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 ...
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1answer
30 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
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2answers
126 views

What would be a proper alternative word or phrase for “social network”, but have the same impact or meaning? [closed]

What people normally first think in my opinion when they hear "social network". What else could you say apart from social network?
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1answer
265 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, ...
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3answers
128 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
330 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
177 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. ...
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2answers
455 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 ...
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1answer
222 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?
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1answer
63 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
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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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6answers
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 ...
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9answers
816 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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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3answers
96 views

Swim into the water [closed]

Is it correct to say "I swim into the water" as a synonym of "I dive"? Thank you