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Difference between “spicy” and “hot”

I make a distinction between "hot" and "spicy" food ("hot" not referring to temperature). I consider "hot" food the kind that "burns" and "spicy" food that has lots of flavor, but that may or may not ...
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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Word that means “Something only a philosopher would argue with”

I remember reading (apparently not on the internet) a lighthearted definition of the word I want to use. This noun means a kind of quibble that is so trivial that only a metaphysician or similar ...
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A Word that means “to adapt or improve, to conform to a higher standard”?

I need to find or invent a word that suggests a system might be "adapted or improved to conform to a higher standard". A verb, noun, adjective or even adverb would be acceptable, but so far I haven't ...
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Is there a reference book that lists words by usage or theme?

Similar to how a Thesaurus lists synonyms, is there a book that groups words (or phrases) together by conceptual usage? For example, this question is looking for words that describe a person's ...
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One word for “any time after this moment”

I was just wondering if there is some sweet and apt word for the phrase "any time after this moment".
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Alternative more-to-the-point words for “hot” (as in temperature)?

What word other than hot can I use to make the distinction between hot as in temperature and hot as in very spicy food? Especially in connection with food, the word hot is very ambiguous (well, ...
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Which thesaurus best describes the differences between several similar words? [closed]

Which thesaurus (online or paper) best describes the differences between several similar words? As a non-native English speaker, it is often difficult for me to distinguish the slightly different ...
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What is a good alternative to “the film is set in”?

I'm writing a paper about a movie. I would like to start like this: Monsters is a 2010 independent science-fiction film directed by Gareth Edwards and set in the Mexico-U.S. border region. It ...
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Is there a thesaurus which indicates the language of origin of each word? [closed]

I would be interested in using a sort of etymological thesaurus. Imagine a normal thesaurus, but with each word in an entry somehow marked to indicate whether it comes ultimately from Latin, German, ...
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Synonym for “godchild” without religious connotation

In English is there a synonym for "godchild" (or the gender-specific versions) without a religious connotation but without necessarily having other specific connotations? All the words I'm coming up ...
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Suitable adjective for implying romantic connections?

I'm looking for an adjective which I could use in the following situation for example: "Don't try to understand the joke Joanne said to George; it's a in-joke between romantic partners." becomes: ...
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Word for cheap manufactured art

There's a word for cheap manufactured art but I can't remember it and it's almost impossible to search for a word like that. Does anyone know what it is off the top of their head?
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What public domain thesauruses are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English synonym online database? I am working on a project which needs access to the database of a English synonyms, preferably as a raw text file. Are there any public ...
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What is student discussion place called? [closed]

Is there any English (or in other languages) word for a place where students of different colleges discuss about activities (events, reputation) of their colleges/universities
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What is a generic word for a person being visited?

I am looking for a generic word for a person who is being visited. The opposite of visitor according to thesaurus.com is host. That's not what I'm looking for. A couple examples: an employee being ...
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Where to look up more general terms for a word?

A few minutes ago, I was in need (for coding purposes) of finding a more general term for notions such as city, village, town, etc. Now, whereas I could just try a few options (e.g. locality? ...
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One word for “any way around it”

Let us say I frame a sentence as follows: Is there any way around this problem? I want to convey the feeling that bypass, or trick without actually using the problem, without actually dealing ...
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A thesaurus with archaic and obsolete words [closed]

Can you point me to any online thesaurus that contains obsolete, archaic, out-of-use synonyms for contemporary words? Google search is horribly unhelpful, yielding hundreds common thesaurus and ...
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Word that means “healing” or “spiritually healing”?

I know there is a word that means 'healing' as in. "The therapy session was very __", blank meaning it was healing (possibly of emotional wounds from the past)
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What is the name given to organisation that hosts other organisations?

There are many businesses that hosts other related or unrelated business as part of their service. Example a plaza/shopping mall will have various stores, owned and operated by others, a university ...
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English synonym online database?

Is there a good english synonym database available in the Internet? I imagine that it should work like a translator: you enter a word and synonyms for this word are displayed. The reason for asking ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Gesture is to physical motion as [blank] is to speech

I am looking for an equivalent word for gesture in reference to speech. 'Overture' came up in offline discussion but it isn't quite right.
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One word to denote “A noun that conveys wrong meaning” or misleads

Suppose I'm building a website and I want to have a page to help the user know about the website: the apt title would be Help, but I've named it About. (Normally About pages tell us about the author ...
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phrase replacement [closed]

I sometimes use common phrases that I'd rather spruce up with a single word or more direct phrase, or perhaps just by using fresher wording. One phrase I'd like to change is: "was the fact that." My ...
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Is there such a thing as an idiom thesaurus that delivers synonymous phrases? [closed]

Is there a resource that anyone knows of that is a searchable idiom list that can provide synonymous phrases for idioms. For example, I saw on your site: step-by-step, day-by-day, inch-by-inch, and ...
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Good online thesaurus? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good online thesaurus? I've used http://thesaurus.com/ and http://www.merriam-webster.com/. Especially something that's good with phrases, figures of speech or idioms.
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How would you describe the technique/etiquette or “do's and don'ts” of having a conversation?

I'm trying to find a good word to describe "things to do" while having a conversation with someone. For example, you would want to make eye contact, affirm your speaker, and not check emails on your ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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A close synonym thesaurus [closed]

I'm looking for a thesaurus (for a programming project) that only offers close synonyms. For instance, I'm not really interested in: Phone (verb) -> Give a Jingle But I am interested in: Phone ...
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Adjective for thing you do for others

I sometimes write university projects for students and fix friends' computers, sometimes for money. I call things I do for myself personal projects, personal work, personal act, etc. What adjective ...
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Concise phrase for “former employees' tasks” [closed]

I'm looking for a short, snappy alternative word/phrase meaning "person who has left the company". I have very limited space available (20 characters) for a label that conveys (in prose): List ...
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?thesaurical, adj

The adjectival form of thesaurus does not seem to have been listed on (all) standard dictionaries. However, thesaurical occurs in literature1 and is also defined in Urban Dictionary. Do we have an ...
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Noun for an individual that formulates a question and also for an individual that addresses an answer

Given a person who formulates a question, may he or she be called the questioner or enquirer? Likewise, may a person that addresses or responds an answer be called answerer or responder? Which are ...
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What's another way to describe a circular continuum?

A continuum is anything that gradually changes from one thing to another. But I want another word that describes something that changes gradually and whose opposite extremes are actually one in the ...
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Is there a word that encompasses both collaboration and individual help/assistance

I'm making a web widget that will include social media functionality (Twitter, Facebook, etc..) and also a personal chat with sales. I'm looking for a word (idea, concept, jargon) or some kind of ...
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