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One single word for honour killing [closed]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [closed]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What does “running a gauntlet of fire” mean?

From the Wikipedia page for "Battle of Melle": Now Moltke broke off with the entire force and headed for Ghent running a gauntlet of fire from the various French posts along the roads and ways ...
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What is the word for “All Being” (similar to omnipotent for all powerful)

I'm looking for a word for "All Being" to describe deity existing, always existing, and existing for eternity. Other words often used to describe deity include: omnipotent—all powerful ...
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Is “dominant in microsoft office” correct? [closed]

I'm filling a resume and i want to say that I am good in word,excel and powerpoint. is saying "dominant in microsoft office" or " dominant in microsoft word and excel" correct?
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What is the opposite of interorganization?

What is the opposite of interorganization? Is it even a correct word? Interorganization means the things that happen inside the organization (I think). What about the things that happen outside of ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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Is it appropriate to use “it's my bread and butter” in formal english?

I am preparing for an English language test. That is why I am working on strengthening my English vocabulary. My question is regarding the speaking section of the test. If the examiner asks me about ...
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Looking for a word that describes when you say both possible outcomes

Sometimes someone will say "if we don't win, we lose" or "we will make it, or we won't" or another example is, "if i don't pass, I fail" It is when someone needlessly states the obvious alternative. ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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What is the term for a child that's in between toddler and adolescent?

I'm trying to come up with terms to describe the various age ranges for children up through teenager and I'm stuck trying to describe someone who's in the age range of about 6 through 10. In other ...
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A word or expression for someone who had a very important influence in your life?

How to say that someone had a very important influence in your life? I know the word "milestone" which is mostly used for events.. Is there any similar word that can be used for people? Thanks!
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The right word for saying goodbye to someone on the street corner, and then both of you walking in the same direction? [closed]

This happens occasionally to me in New York. I will part ways with someone after chatting, and then it will turn out we're both walking in the same direction. What word captures this phenomenon?
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from the 16th century downward?

I'd like to know what the difference is between "from the 16th century downward", "from the 16th century onwards", and "since the 16th century". Many polyglot collections of the prayer have been ...
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What is the opposite of “down-home cooking”? [closed]

What is the opposite of down-home cooking? Somehow uptown gastronomy doesn’t sound right.
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Is there any difference between a 'Web slide Show' and a 'Carousel'? [closed]

Are Web slideshows and carousels the same thing? If not, what is the difference? For Web slideshow, I mean HTML image galleries like: Flexslider by WooThemes Nivo Slider™ Juicebox
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One word for act of anchoring an event/seminar

I feel it's pronounced "camp-our-ing"(not correct) I tried searching a lot but couldn't find the exact word. Could someone please help me
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When do we use “sports arena” and when “sports hall”?

What is the difference between "sports arena" and "sports hall"? It seems that both are sometimes used interchangeably.
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What's the word for paper “decaying”?

Imagine an old map, a map with a path to a treasure, like the ones you remember from cartoons. The map's partially destroyed, because it's so old, and it has been exposed to air, and heat, and water, ...
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“ignorance” can also mean a “willful disregard of something”?

I try to use the 2nd or 3rd definition of words (to slow down speed readers). However, I am not sure if "ignorance" has a 2nd definition. (common meaning) is "a lack of knowledge". With this ...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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Single word for “this is why”

Consider: Where = here When = now What = this How = thus Why = (this is why)?? With the above, you could answer a question with the word on the left with just the single word on the right as an ...
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What is the correct term for “rubbing statues' parts for luck”?

What is the correct term for the habit or action of rubbing statues' parts (noses, fingers, feet etc.) for luck or other superstitious reasons? I mean a learned word, like 'philately' for 'collecting ...
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What goes after another person: we or us? [closed]

i.e. Are Mei-Ling and ______ singing together today?
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A word meaning discord between the phonology of a word and its meaning? [duplicate]

The word 'lauded' always gets to me, because I instinctively consider it to hold the opposite denotation. Is there a specific word for a word that holds that (completely subjective) quality?
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Meaning of “bile” from Great Expectations

In the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the character Joe tells Pip, “Somebody must keep the pot a biling, Pip, or the pot won’t bile, don't you know?” What does the word bile mean in ...
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Two Opposite Meanings of 'Cleave'?

I'm interested in how and why the verb cleave has two totally opposite definitions: Definition I. Split or sever (something) Definiiton II. Adhere strongly to The referenced website shows ...
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Rail vs railway

What's the difference between rail and railway? Hold your horses - I know I can consult a dictionary on this one, and I have, but it's still not clear to me which of the two I should use in ...
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When to use point vs dot?

I was wondering when should I use point instead of dot and vice-versa... Could anyone help me with that? Thanks :) In the sentence I had to write that made me think about this, I was going to say that ...
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What are the technical symbols used in the margin of a page called?

I research Latin texts which discuss a peculiar medieval practice: the addition of minute graphic symbols into the margins of the page, for example in order to indicate passages of interest, flaws in ...
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An archaic form?

I'm reading an abridged version of The Age of Innocence (i.e. reader) and I came across the following sentence: "(...) and [she] made what people thought was a most foolish marriage to Julius ...
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Word for a lighthouse enthusiast

I'm fairly certain I've heard/seen a word to describe someone who likes or studies lighthouses, similar to audiophile for someone who likes music. Does anyone know what it is?
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Histonic cancer: Ok English? Or, Japanese English?

Histonic cancer Would this term be understood by English-speaking medical professionals? Google shows only 53 hits, and all are from Japanese or Chinese sites. If it is not natural English, ...
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How do you call a full day (24 hours) [duplicate]

Is there a specific word that covers 24-hour time period between 0:00 and 23:59 on a single date? Is there anything more specific than a "day" (which is usually opposite of night, and its primary ...
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One word for “a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life”

I'm unable to remember a single-word substitute for "a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life"
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How to express “brewing coffee” in CV interests? [closed]

I'm not a professional barista but I have a hobby connected with brewing espresso and making all kinds of coffee. I'm also interested in various coffee beans, espresso machines etc. How to express it ...
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“Employee in accounting” and “employee in accounts”

What's the difference between employee in accounting and employee in accounts? Are these correct names for an occupation?
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What's the difference between “the lack” and “the lacking”?

In the following sentence, my teacher says that the lacking should be the lack, instead. The lacking of trees may lead to global warming. If it's wrong, would someone mind explaining why it is ...
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Outward vs Out-swing door

I am curious what the proper use of language is when your talking about doors. Should a door that swings out be called "Out-swing door" or "Outward swing door"? I'm not sure if there is a proper use ...
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What is the English word for “one who composes prayers”?

I remember meeting a priest from Rome who described himself as a [missing word here] which he defined as one who writes prayers. I cannot for the life of me recall or find this word, and I'm starting ...
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Opposite of witty

So today my friend gave a really good line about leftovers. I personally thought it was very witty. I tried to give a witty response, but it ended up being kind of lame and not making much sense, ...
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what's the meaning of “likely unconstitutional”? [closed]

On the newspapers, they said that "NSA phone program likely unconstitutional." See the link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/16/nsa-phone-surveillance-likely-unconstitutional-judge What's ...
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What metaphor or phrase can describe an object that is aesthetically pleasing yet totally useless?

Is there a conventional metaphor or phrase that just hits this meaning:good-looking yet useless?
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What is the word to describe something more incredible than being merely incredible?

For instance, Riemann mapping theorem is more than just incredible: merely using the word 'incredible' to describe it is not enough. So, what is more incredible than incredible?
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I'm looking for this word that means showing understanding or assent but may be faux assent

The word had been used with "nodding [such-ly]". If I remember correctly, the person I heard this from was describing one of the attributes you needed to be a manager was to be able to listen to ...