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

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Amnesty — meaning

Which of the following is the most accurate meaning for the word amnesty? a general pardon to prisoners of war a general pardon of political offenders I am aware that maybe neither is accurate, ...
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What's the difference between “irritated” and “vexed”? [closed]

What's the difference between "irritated" and "vexed", or between "to irritate" and "to vex"?
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“Balky”, “restive” and “stubborn” - what are the differences here?

Please, share your understanding of the hues in meanings of these three words. American English is preferred, but British input would also be appreciated.
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What's the difference between “truculent” and “aggressive”?

If you don't mind, please compare them also to "belligerent" and "bellicose".
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What is the difference between “ostensibly” and “probably”?

Most of the time ostensibly and probably are used interchangeably. What is the difference between these two words?
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What does *countenance* mean, and why do I have hard time remembering it? [closed]

I keep seeing this word every couple of months in NYT or Wall Street Journal (and once again, I stumbled upon the word in the article America's True History of Religious Tolerance). Every time I see ...
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Deuce and trey - do any other kinds of pip cards have special names?

I was playing cards this evening and found myself referring to the deuce and the trey. I was wondering, do any of the other pip card ranks have special names?
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What's the difference between “fluctuate” and “teeter”?

What's the difference between "fluctuate" and "teeter"?
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What's the difference between “harrowing” and “poignant”?

What's the difference between "harrowing" and "poignant"?
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What's the difference between “cabinet” and “cupboard”?

What's the difference between "cabinet" and "cupboard"?
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What is the opposite of “interesting” in “This person is interesting”?

During a conversation yesterday, I couldn't come up with the opposite of interesting. "Initially she was very interesting, and I enjoyed her company. However, a few months later, she became ...
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Word to describe “compliance with unspoken resistance”

What I'm looking for is a word to describe "compliance with unspoken resistance" or something of the like. In other words, one complies, unwillingly. However, the unwillingness, is not stated ...
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Idiot vs stupid

What is the difference between the subject words?
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Can “drive someone home” be used when the vehicle is a motorbike?

Can "drive someone home" be used when the vehicle is a motorbike? Can I use "ride someone home" with the same meaning as "drive someone home"?
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Using or arguing a biased opinion as fact

I'm fairly sure there is a word or phrase to describe arguing emotively from an extreme, or biased, point of view as if your view is fact, but I can't remember what it may be. (I am wanting to use ...
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What is the difference between “condescending” and “patronizing”?

When would you use each? I understand "condescend" has another meaning of "voluntarily lower oneself" (Babylon definition). But in the "look upon other" meaning, which would you prefer in which ...
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What Does 'Share and Share Alike' Mean?

What Does 'Share and Share Alike' Mean?
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Visceral English words

I often hear that other languages like Russian, Romanian, French, etc, have words that are more "powerful" or evoke more feelings than English ones. Example: "war" doesn't sound that bad, really, but ...
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Large company: Made up of organizations or departments?

Say you have a large 20,000+ company with many different sections, or areas. Say for example Apple would have a section for iOS development, one for Mac, one for HR, one for support, etc. What is the ...
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What does “capacity” mean in this question?

How long have you known this referee and in what capacity I'm filling my university application I met this question which befuddled me. Does it mean "are you familiar with the referee"?
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Is kickassiness an accepted word?

I have been looking for a word that means kickassiness, but haven't come across one. Is this an accepted word? If not, what word can be used in its place?
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Independance or Independence?

What other words are like "independence" in British English where you replace the 'a' with an 'e'?
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Interjection “et voilà”

I know et voilà is a French interjection and means there it is. It is very much used in the US. Why is the use of et voilà so popular in the US? Which historical fact has made it so popular?
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How would you use rationale in a sentence?

How is rationale used in a sentence? Can it be used in place of logic?
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Need a proper English expression to reflect a concept [closed]

I am working on translating software and its documentation to English. This software basically organizes and stores technical documents. A document may consist of a set of various files, stored on a ...
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Which is correct: 'Drafty' or 'draughty'?

I have been changing 'drafty' for 'draughty', or because of my confusion, removing the word altogether while subbing online articles. I'd appreciate guidance on which term is correct for UK English. ...
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Could the word “artist” be used to refer to a writer?

According to the dictionary, artist could be a painter, singer, dancer, or actor. But I think maybe writers could be considered artists as well. What's your opinion? I'm writing a composition about ...
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Should the term “salutary” be used only in reference to physical health?

I'm considering using the term "salutary" in a technical document I'm writing to refer to something beneficial. Here's the context: Salutary side effects of our model are to harness idle ...
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How would one use the word preposition?

I've always been interested in the word preposition and at times, had used it correctly. How would one use it?
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Are the words “mandatory,” “obligatory,” and “compulsory” interchangeable?

As a non-native speaker, I wonder what the rules are for preferring one of "mandatory", "obligatory" or "compulsory" over the others. The Corpus of Contemporary American English yields examples such ...
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Is it OK to say “an important concern”?

This the last paragraph of a composition: In sum, protecting the environment should always be an important concern of all the countries. However, when it's possible to minimize the harm to ...
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What is the name of this system of proof correction marks?

I remember in English classes when my teacher had used this sort of system when correcting essays in the class. I never asked her about what it was and just complied and made the revisions to my ...
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How Can I Use “Concordant” In A Sentence?

I was looking for an alternative to "unanimous" and had found "concordant" in the thesaurus. What would be the best way to use this word? For example, in an essay it would be okay to say "The texts ...
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Examples of different roots (and different meanings) coming to be spelled the same

Apparently the two opposite meanings of to cleave have different roots: the to adhere meaning comes from one old English root (clifian) and the to cut meaning comes from a different old English word ...
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What does “unimpressed” mean in this sentence?

I don't completely understand its meaning in the sentence below. Because of its lack of theaters, the city came, ironically, to be viewed as an unimpressed theater town, and that reputation led ...
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Is the word “yearling” appropriate for a recurring event?

The Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange sites all have a "yearling" badge. Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation. This badge can be awarded multiple times. So each year, if ...
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you?

What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you? Is there a proper way to use it? It was striking to hear that “a couple” meant two (2) to someone. My reaction was, “how/why do ...
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Finding out the proper word out of book-learned vocabulary

I've been learning English for many years already, using many ways available for me. It is mostly reading, as I have very few opportunities to use English in real communication. Due to this fact my ...
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What does the expression “body shop” mean?

I recently encountered the expression "the man in the body shop", and I have absolutely no idea what it means. All help is welcome.
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Alternative to “maze” as a description for Pacman's environment?

Pacman's maze is not a maze in the sense of being a place in which we get lost since we can clearly see where we are going. So what should we call the restricted environment in which Pacman ...
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Words for meat differ from the words for the corresponding animal

In English we have: "beef" for "cow", "cattle" "veal" for "calf" "pork" for "pig" "mutton" for "sheep" I'm not aware of this separation for "fish", "goat" or "chicken" (Spanish has "pollo" and ...
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Terms for collections of animals

As I watched the murder of crows sitting on the line above my house this evening, I got wondering where all of the collective nouns for animals (pod of whales, gaggle of geese, pride of lions) came ...
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Read ( Beautiful + Interesting ) stories

I'm looking for a word to express something that is beautiful and interesting at the same time, to use in this sentence: Read [term] stories Can you help me find one?
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Informal terms for money amounts

What informal terms are used in English as money amounts? I know the following US terms and I'm curious about the rest: a grand: 1000 dollars a buck: 1 dollar
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What does “going forward” mean?

In more and more podcasts and presentations I hear sentences such as this one: That is our strategy going forward. What meaning does going forward add to the sentence? That is, how is it ...
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Term for catchy tune that stays in your head

Is there a term for a catchy tune that stays in your head after you hear it? The Germans call it an earworm.
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Is “prepone” being used outside India?

Prepone is a great word - it's the opposite of postpone. When you prepone a meeting, you change its scheduled time so that it occurs sooner than originally planned. Has his usage spread beyond India? ...
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Is a person “under contract” or “contracted” to do something?

Which is the better choice, and why?