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

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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 ...
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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Can “apocryphal” be used to mean “not true”?

I always thought that apocryphal should just mean "of doubtful authenticity". But more and more I am noticing that people use it positively to mean mythical or untrue, especially in phrases such as ...
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What does “the must of dried leaves” mean? [closed]

Can I say "must" here, means smell? . . . the smell of the air that day: piñon burning somewhere in the distance, the must of dried leaves, the lingering smoke of a campfire clinging to his ...
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What is the bestiary equivalent for plants

I am looking for the Bestiary equivalent for plants. But I don't want to use 'compendium' or 'herbal'. Is there such a word? If not would it be 'okay' to use 'Herbiary' or should I more go to the ...
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Word for '100% majority'?

Is there a word for majority wherein someone or something gets all the votes cast?
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Word for a person who likes to argue

I recently read somewhere a single word that described a person who enjoyed an argument - in the sense of a lively debate. It may have been a word implying a positive or neutral context but I don't ...
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Word for reluctance or caution as a result of having already failed?

I'm seeking a word or phrase that conveys a person's heightened caution or risk aversion regarding a task that stems from prior failure. Something like "gun shy," but perhaps more specific?
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Are there different words in English language that represent 'our' but one excludes the 2nd party and the other includes it?

I'm from India and in my local language Telugu there are 4 possessive pronouns that represent different combinations of speaker, the 2nd party and the group to which both the parties belong. నా: ...
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A word for someone who shows great interest/love for something that they know very little about

I'm searching for such a word so I can use it for myself. I'm still young and I sadly have numerous passions for many things but sometimes find myself at a loss, for I know very little in the subject, ...
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Looking for an expression that sounds worse than “cardboard” to describe blandness of a food

How would you exaggeratedly express food that tastes nothing to sound even worse than "It tastes like cardboard"? I want a word that sounds beyond a average man can imagine. "Shit" would have its ...
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What's the meaning of “you are a shell”?

This is an excerpt from the song "Full Circle" by Creed: Keep burning bridges while you're buying your new friends A day of reflection hits, you're a shell, skin and bones, counting costs ...
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AmE: “take out the trash” vs. “take out the garbage” [closed]

I know the differences in the meaning of word "trash" and "garbage" but how about "take out the trash" vs. "take out the garbage"? Can both these expressions be used interchangeably? What is the ...
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What does the word “lurn” mean?

Is the word "lurn" in the phrase "It's time to lurn together" just an intentional misspelling of "learn" or does it have another meaning here? http://beckyandjoes.com/kickstarter/
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How would you call sitting with your legs crossed but one calf resting on the other knee?

Sorry, perhaps this has been asked before but I just can't think of what this way of sitting should be called. Is there a word for it? I hope so! To be more specific, you're sitting upright in a ...
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What's the preposition of “style”?

What's the suitable preposition for the word 'style'? For example: I want to do this job in/with/on Asian style. I mean the shorter form of this sentence: I want to do this in the particular way ...
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It took everything within me?

In a documentary I'm watching, a teenager is missing and her car is found. In the car's truck a bag can be seen, and they suspect that she might be inside of the bag. Her father states: It took ...
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what does “to walk at grade” mean?

"John was walking at grade and slipped on a patch of ice. When John slipped he did not fall to grade as he caught himself with his right hand [...]" Does "at grade" mean "on an uneven/inclined ...
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Is the phrase “Thank you for your effort” is the best way to praise someone for the help he giving me? [closed]

Let's say that I'm doing my daily labor, and it's a pretty hard work in general. And someone offer to help me, without I that asked for it, and surprisingly that person invested in that job a lot more ...
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wait on the laurels [closed]

I heard this in a documentary that I'm translating. Can you tell me what it means? Here's the quote: But one thing I can say, at least we tried and we didn’t sit back and wait on the laurels for ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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birthday cake times twelve

I heard this in a documentary about the Peoples Temple. The quote goes exactly: These people would be on time, they’d be polite and nice. They were a span of ages, a span of races. They were ...
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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...