A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Synonym for not taking personal responsibility

I'm trying to think of a word that suggests a person who takes no personal accountability in their actions or always tries to shift blame on to some factor supposedly outside of their control. Is ...
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What is a word for a person who thinks they are going to fail?

I need a word for someone who thinks that they won't become successful or will fail?
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Is there a word for one who enjoys to eat for the sake of eating (a food hedonist)?

Does such a word exist? I don't mean to excess (IE, a glutton), but rather one who eats because he enjoys eating. Essentially, I'm looking for a word that's synonymous with "a food hedonist", or "a ...
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Is there a word for “a variety of breakfast foods”

My native tongue has a word for a specific kind of breakfast where you ask for "a little bit of everything in the middle" or "breakfast of variety" and you get, for example, cooked eggs, jam, butter, ...
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What is the difference between a forefather and an ancestor?

Stumbled upon this question today while going through synonyms of various terms. I was advised that they are not synonymous to each other. Please advise.
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Synonyms for the meaning of the 'shrugging' gesture

'Shrugging' is a gesture we make with our shoulders. Now I'm not strictly looking for synonyms of the actual gesture of shoulder shrugging, but rather words that convey the same emotion as when ...
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Is “sans” a drop-in replacement for “without”?

I keep hearing people use the word sans in place of without which causes me to cringe. Can sans really be used as a drop-in replacement? Examples: "I prefer cheeseburgers sans pickles." "I ...
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Is there a word or concise phrase for “alternative name for something”? (but not pseudonym or alias)

Question Is there a word or concise phrase for "alternative name for something" which doesn't have the associated negative connotation that pseudonym and alias have? It has to be short so as to fit ...
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Word for the person who rates or judges others based on his past record is called [on hold]

Please share the exact word to describe such a person and synonyms of that word. Thanks
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Is there a word to describe a person who likes chaos?

I am wondering if there is a word to describe a person who likes chaos. By this I mean a few specific things: The person is pleased to hear when chaos is created, or confusion emerges The person ...
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What is the word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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Constraint vs. Restriction

I've seen constraint and restriction used quite often in scientific literature. For example, This algorithm needs to be further improved due to severe space constraint and restriction. I ...
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Synonyms for the word 'scold' [on hold]

What are the words we use in conversation as synonyms for "scold." Instead of saying "I scolded him" or "He scolded me," what are the alternative words we may use in our daily life?
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What are the commons spoken synonyms for “borrow”? [on hold]

I'm looking for the spoken and most used synonyms for "borrow". Are there any ? Thanks
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What is a formal word for “typicality” ?

Consider the sentence: "Although design plans were not required, they are included in the appendix to demonstrate the typicality of our design" I want to reassure/emphasize that the underlying ideas ...
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What would you call a list of parts in a single word

What is a single word to describe a list of parts, tools, and instructions to be assembled later to form an object. Examples: Bag of parts/tools/instructions for a DIY crib A group of parameters to be ...
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Are these words used correctly?

I have used two new words that I've never used before and I would like your help to know if they're used correctly for what I'm trying to say. First one: Sarah froze on her place on the bed and ...
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Word for mutually bemoaning a shared experience?

I thought commiserate was the word I was looking for, but found out that means sympathy for someone else's experience, rather than two or more people mutually feeling sorry for themselves.
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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Any better terms or words for oversea office

Is there any better terms or words for oversea office? It's like a company opening a new workplace in other countries.
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An alternative to the word pray, without a religious connotation

When I write, I try my best to leave religion and words that carry some divine connotation out of it. I recently stumbled upon the phrase in one of my texts "[...] but pray it never happens.". I was ...
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?

I'm trying to think of a formal word to describe the "tipping point" of an object. This would be the same point at which an object would be perfectly balanced.
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Better names for single component and composite component

We are developing an equipment system which basically tracks every single component used in bigger structures for a certain industry. We are distinguishing between single components and composite ...
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Do people in Colorado typically say “attorney” or “lawyer?”

I'm interested to know if people in the Colorado area say attorney or lawyer more frequently.
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Synonyms for Renaissance Man [duplicate]

I've been poking around the net trying to find synonyms for "renaissance man" which indicates someone that is proficient at many skills. I was thinking "jack of all trades" but that has a negative ...
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Word for a person who lives in the past

Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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Verb that goes with 'A case study has been…'?

I am submitting an abstract to a conference today, and I need to lose 1 word to stay under the 200 word limit. I'm trying to shorten this sentence, by replacing 'carried out' with something ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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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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The difference between slick and sleek

What is the difference between the two adjectives: slick and sleek? My dictionary returns almost the same explanation for both, like smooth and glossy. Could someone explain when it would be more ...
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? "A multidirectional goal"? It's for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to ...
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What is the right description of the word “squeaky” in “squeaky clean”?

Is squeaky in "squeaky clean" an onomatopoeia? Is there a right word to describe this word, other than simply an "adjective"? It's something that uses the description of a sound as an adjective. ...
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Alternative to “daydream” without the pleasant connotation

I am looking for a word that means something like "daydream" or "fantasy", but without the connotation that I actually want this "imagining" to come true. For example, something that would fit the ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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Colloquial term for “irritable bladder”

In German, there's a term "Reizblase" which describes the bladder of someone who has to hit the bathroom every ten minutes. The dictionaries suggested "irritable bladder" as a translation which - ...
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Single word synonym for “Decays into”?

I'm a non-native speaker and was looking for a single word which has the same (or close to the same) meaning as 'decays into' – where something becomes less than it was by losing (little) parts of ...
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Why do “supposed” and “expected” both have similar dual meanings of assumed/predicted or obligated?

"You are supposed to pay your taxes" This could mean that you should pay your taxes, under obligation. It could also mean that someone (probably the speaker) has presumed that you do pay your taxes. ...
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Synonym for “artisan” with a more scientific connotation

Wikipedia describes "artisan" as: An artisan ... or craftsman ... is a skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or strictly decorative, including furniture, sculpture, ...
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What is the adjective form for the word “integrity?”

I'm looking for the adjective form of "integrity." Instead of "Be a person of integrity," I'd like to say something like "Be [one word I'm looking for]" I did a Google search for this, but I also ...
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What word means a “male temptress”?

I was trying to describe a man who entices others into making bad decisions. I have several closely related questions: Is it okay in English to refer to a man as a temptress? Is there a uniquely ...
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A person who goes to gymnastics school — a 'student' or a 'pupil?'

I am trying to find an exact answer of this question: Is a person who goes to gymnastics school a 'student' or a 'pupil?'
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Is there an alternative, one-word name for the question mark?

Is there an alternative name for the question mark? For example, the exclamation point is often called a bang, the number symbol is called a pound sign or sharp symbol and the asterisk symbol is ...
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What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?

Is there a word to describe something that is not the first element in a sequence, but can be in any other position? A synonym of "not first", in fact. This element is __ in this sequence.