A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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Word for someone who “backseat-games”, but in real life [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that describes a person commenting everything you do in a manner that puts (or tries to put) this person in a position superior to you, often mocking whatever you do and telling ...
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Annual school events

How would you call these kind of events organized by schools at the end of the year generally in June where children (6 to 12 years old) sing, dance or act? In French we say : "Fête annuelle de ...
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Opposite of a requiem [on hold]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' [on hold]

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Names of specific phobias

I need help. I'm trying to find the phobia names of these fears: Fear of your own identity Fear of not knowing
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Word for a non-subscript symbol

Is there a word in English that refers to the symbol that has another symbol associated with it as a subscript, superscript, leftscript or rightscript? For example (lacking Latex here), if I have the ...
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What is the difference between 'aphorism' and 'apothegm'? [on hold]

I am curious what the difference is between the words aphorism and apothegm. I am aware that they are similar and Webster's only difference "is instructive".
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What does the word 'brow' mean in descriptive prose or poetry? [on hold]

The dictionary says that it can refer to the eye brows or the forehead. But when writers talk about a person's 'furrowed brow', or 'wrinkled brow', what exactly are they referring to? Clearly, ...
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Looking for a correct word / idiom

Here is a scenario: Suppose X, Y, Z lives together. X and Z had a fight and X decided not to live with Z any more. Seeing this, Y decided to help X to fight Z out. But then X and Z becomes friends ...
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''My cousins learned korean there''?

Can I say ''my cousins learned Korean there''? I am referring to a language center. Is it correct to say that?
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Word for a person at a company who is in charge of my data

I looking for the exact translation for the German word "Sachbearbeiter". When I enter this German word into a certain online translation tool, I get a long list of words, but I am not sure, what to ...
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“To separate” in time context

I've just had a discussion about using "to separate" when relating to events in time. A colleague of mine used the word to describe that an event occurred between two other events while the events ...
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Is there a good term for “a person or people who have made a statement”?

I am currently writing an essay in response to a lengthy quotation by the authors of a book, and struggling for a concise way to refer to the authors. The book title does not feature in the question ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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Usage of “scared,” “fear of,” “afraid of/to,” and “concerned to” [closed]

Could anybody please explain me when can I use 'afraid', 'fear of', 'scared', 'concern', 'worried' to express a situation that i can't handle or out of my reach? Explain also please which one of the ...
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What is the difference between “toward” and “towards”?

I only know "towards" and always use it before today: "move towards", etc. But today, I come across toward, after referring the dictionary, I find I can't differentiate them clearly. What is the ...
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What's a correct expression for professions in which you do a lot of sitting?

I'm a native Dutch speaker writing a short English piece on sitting professions, sitting positions and whether these positions are back friendly. In Dutch we would just write these words together, but ...
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A term for making an object behave like an animal

I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal. I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. ...
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What to call statues that flank entryways?

What's the term for statuary, usually paired, that flank entrances? Ex: The Lion pedestals at the NYC Public library, Assyrian Ox-God statues built into gates of ancient cities. My placeholder term ...
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Books similar to “The Road” [closed]

I always thought I had a good vocabulary. After I read the book "The Road", I realized how much I needed to improve in regards to my vocabulary. While I was reading this book I atleast found 2 words ...
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How to say “My biggest (Something I am attracted to)”?

So if I want to say "Red hair is one of my biggest [insert word here]", meaning that it is one of the things I am most attracted to, is there a word I could use to complete the sentence?
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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [closed]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech? [closed]

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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How to increase my vocabulary the right way? [closed]

I have bought many books about vocabulary. Most of them by Cambridge Press. However, I don't know if it is the right way to learn vocabulary from a book like those or is it better to pick new words ...
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Usage of 'plethorically'

My question is: Can the word plethorically be used in situations in which it would describe characteristics or qualities one would apply to biotic entities (humans)? Is it acceptable to use ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make the ...
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Difference between “Expiation” and “Atonement” [closed]

Can anybody explain the difference in meaning between 'expiation' and 'atonement'? Thanks.
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news for nose meaning

I had heard the expression "have a nose for news" but when I was watching a tv show (web of lies) the expression was "news for nose". The exact quote goes like this: GEORGE WEBER NOT ONLY HAD A ...
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Adjective in “Ulysses” that means “existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one”

I came across this word in Joyce's Ulysses, but can't remember what it was. I only remember looking up the definition, which was something like "existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one." ...
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Vice and Vice President [closed]

The word "vice" is usually used in a negative sense in the meaning of "immoral or wicked behavior". On the other hand we have a commonly used term "vice president" as the second person in a presidency ...
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One word adjective which means “that can't be given up”

For Example: People have (immense) faith in God. In place of immense, what would be the proper word to convey that 'the faith is not immense, but it is that which can't be given up, due to the fear ...
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Correct usage of “anymore” [duplicate]

The word "anymore" is used as such: I can't take it anymore. He isn't here anymore; he left. But I have also seen it used like so: People are so dumb anymore. Are these both correct?
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adjective denoting the turn of the century?

I am looking for an adjective that is related to 'turn of the century' or something like that. It seems to start with the letter 'c'. Do you know what it is I'd appreicate your help.
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What's the meaning of “pass” here?

Actor Vin Diesel was talking about his new movie "Furious 7" in Jimmy Kimmel Live, an American late night talk show. At 1:48 into this YouTube video, Diesel said: And they really did drop the ...
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How can I express these concepts using a single word?

I need help with few English words. I'm writing the article about online services and I am stuck. How to say using one word: a) a person who posts a job (like a person who writes an advert on ...
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Why are certain competitions called a “Classic?”

In the town I live in, there have been a number of competitive events called "classics" (e.g. "Bicycle Classic," "Golf Classic"). I assume this term is used because the event is a long-standing, ...
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Word referring to the structure and shape of leaves

I'm looking for a word which refers to the structure and shape of leaves or the study thereof, probably with a prefix like phyllo-. 'Phyllomorphy', which was my first guess, isn't it, and I think ...
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Moralizer or moralist?

Can anyone please explain the difference between words: moraliser and moralist? Which one has got more positive meaning? Which one would be more appropriate, for example, in such a sentence: Charles ...
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Looking for a word that means “a lack of listening skills”

This is my first time here, and I am hoping this community can help me out. The context is as follows: I witnessed a slow transition from awareness and excitement to Wallace's "natural state" - ...
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Word for speaking over others

Is there a word that can be used to describe the act of speaking over another person? Looking particularly to describe the act in the context of a debate where a speaker is unable to respond due to ...
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get a break meaning

I often hear this usage of "break" in criminal documentaries and I don't know what it means exactly. Here's an example: In the house, police get another break when they find Kacie's discarded ...
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Military terminology for the outbreak of war, or events which begin a World War?

I wanted to know if there are any general terms for the outbreak of war, or ones which refer specifically to the beginnings of the World Wars.
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Word referring to process of curing meats?

I remember watching an episode of Floyd on France some time ago which described a French town as famous for their cured meats. I believe the word began with an 'H', and referred to the process of ...
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Meaning of a “snatched Saturday afternoon”

From On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (an English author): This was a snatched Saturday afternoon. They knew that it was one of the last days of full-blown high summer—it was already early ...
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as best I can vs as well as I can [duplicate]

I have to say I have an issue with the phrase "as best I can". After all, "best" is the superlative form of "well" and does not belong in the comparative construction "as... as" - not to mention that ...