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

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What is the right word to use in this sentence: “start looking at things beyond the ( ) of judgement/criticism”?

"Let's start looking at things beyond the ____ of judgement." What I want to say is that, let's stop looking for shortcomings in the things we see, let's stop looking at parts (of things that we see) ...
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To the effect that…, to this/that effect

How would you rephrase these expessions to the effect that…, to this/that effect? In this sentence:''He left a note to the effect that he would not be coming back.'' Would it be correct to use 'in ...
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Literary term for a “placeholder” protagonist that readers/viewers “inhabit”

In some books and films, the protagonist is a "blank slate" of sorts--the character's personality is bland or never deeply developed, and he/she mainly serves as a sort of "shell" through which the ...
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Is there a word for “one who summons”? [closed]

Is there a noun to describe a person or entity that summons? "summoner"/"summonist"? (I am trying to name a software application. Other apps that cooperate with it are already named "Archivist" and ...
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Need Help Understanding A Sentence Using “In Part” [closed]

I'm reading a book and I've encountered a sentence:- The state of a process is defined in part by the current activity of that process. I can't understand what's the point of using the words ...
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Practice of foster care for illegitimate children

Apparently there existed a practice of sending bastard children to "foster care", typically a village, where village folks received some money from unacknowledged father (?) in some countries during ...
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What is a formal way to say fine by me?

The heading pretty much explains it. How would you say it's alright with me formally if somebody tells you he would come later?
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what is the meaning of the phrase “nice shot” [closed]

In an informal conversation I came to know of this phrase: Nice shot, dude. What does it exactly mean?
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Meaning of “credential mongering”

I couldn't clearly understand the phrase "credential mongering" as used in an article in the New Republic about the Ivy League. The extract, from "The Trouble With Harvard" by Steven Pinker, is as ...
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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Difference between “Discriminant”, “Discriminative” and “Discriminating”

Let us assume I am writing some technical CS stuff, and I want to talk about "features" of something that discriminate something else. Translating from my native language (French), I would use the ...
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What is a word for describing web experience which makes you feel you're interacting with a human, and not a robot. Personalized?

How do you describe web experience which makes you feel that you are interacting with a human, or humans are a part of the process, rather than a robot? For example, you have two news-letter ...
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A few questions about American-English vocabulary [closed]

There are a few terms I would like to use and am not sure if they are acceptable in American English. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! "the gormless expression on his face". My US English ...
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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pose, impose, expose and compose [closed]

Studying vocabularies, I am very confused about the meaning of those words. In the view of a learner, those seem very similar to me, but I cannot find the relation of them. Is there any relationship ...
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What do we call someone who eats earthworms?

Odd question, but I wonder if there is a word for someone who eats earthworms. I tried hard to find if there is such a word, and I found none. Thank you.
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Question about archaisms [closed]

I have a few questions about archaisms! Can anybody give examples of semantic archaisms (I need 5 examples) I found only one about the word "fair" and I really can't find anything else! grammatical ...
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Graduate or Graduated student [duplicate]

Should I say that I was awarded the Dean's Award for the Best Graduated Student or Deans's Award for the best Graduate? Also, is it "for the best..." or "as the best..." I'm talking about someone who ...
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What is American English for “cross-party”?

I came across the word 'cross-party' while reading the newspaper. I didn't know this word so I looked it up in a dictionary. (Denoting interaction between two or more political parties). I noticed ...
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Medium or medium-sized?

We say a medium-sized pan/book/house, but medium height/amount/size. But I came across an example in Cambridge Advanced learner's Dictionary: "Chop one medium carrot." I wonder if we can use medium ...
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What is a good word/adjective for a protein jiggling and wiggling? VIBRANT?

I am writing up an essay about a protein macro-molecule inside the cell. This protein is extremely dynamic and constantly jiggles and wiggles. What is a good word/adjective to describe this feature? ...
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What is the etymology of the word “basic” as used in current slang? [duplicate]

For those not familiar with the term, it is used mainly by teens and 20-somethings. The definition can be found at Urban Dictionary (look at definitions 1 and 3). Specifically, I am not talking ...
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Bachelor vs Bachelor's [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker, but I noticed that sometimes people use Bachelor or Bachelor's in some context, although I don't understand the difference: See for instance also this question click me ...
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Meaning of Inappropriately appropriative

Could someone please elaborate on its usage with examples. Where can I use it ?
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Is “recherché” a commonly used word for “summary”?

In Czech, the word rešerše, i.e. the localized version of the French recherché, has two meanings: the act of looking up information on a topic a summary of the found information Thus if one asked ...
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Paint in Water - action verb? [duplicate]

Is there a verb describing the way paint mingles with water and forms those amazing shapes, almost smoke-like.
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Word to describe books that are “stories” rather than analytical?

Sometimes I get into conversations with teen cousins telling them I read books in my spare time. But I don't like reading "stories" with plots, but books about businessmen, investing, computer ...
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One word equivalent to “play with someone's hair”

In the sentence: Her head was in his lap, and he was playing with her hair. Given that what the verb really defines is him brushing her hair with his hand or stroking it gently, is there a better way ...
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Dynamics: band or music

Is it safe to say, "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the band" or is this one correct "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the music"?
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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What do you call a glossary accompanied with visuals?

I am trying to create a glossary but I want to incorporate some pictures but I'm pretty convinced that a glossary only contain words. So what would you call a glossary with images where the images ...
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Section of plane for bombs, and section for troops [closed]

What do you call that part of a plane (specifically a bomber) where the bombs are held, loaded and dispatched? Also, in a military aircraft, what do you call the part where the soldiers are seated ...
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Questions about specific American English vocabulary [duplicate]

I was wondering if any American writers could give me some advice as to whether the following expressions/vocab are used and understood in the US: (words in bold are the ones I'm asking about. Some ...
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Questions about some American English vocabulary [closed]

I was wondering if any American writers could give me some advice as to whether the following expressions/vocab are used and understood in the US: (words in bold are the ones I'm asking about. Some ...
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Why there is no “goldware” vocabulary

We can use the words copperware and silverware to express the copper and silver products, but why is there no goldware to express the golden products?
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Meaning of ‘eve’ [closed]

What is the reason behind using the word eve in the following contexts? Christmas Eve New year Eve
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Accuracy of the term “mother-in-law” in two cases

Case 1: The wife of a child's father, but not the child's mother (i.e. second >marriage, or bastard child) Case 2: The mother of one's spouse Based on what I've found online, "mother-in-law" ...
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Word to describe learning or understanding something earlier then most

I remember reading of a word that was used to describe it when a person or thing is able to adopt or learn a concept earlier then most people. I also remember hearing this word in the Imitation Game, ...
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Antonym of expired

Is there an antonym of expired ? In the context of whether e.g. blood products have gone off.
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A word or phrase for phone service working only one-way

I have a monthly phone subscription, and I need to recharge it. Since I have not yet paid for it, the service is only working one-way. Meaning that I can only receive calls, but I cannot make any ...
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Bookkeeping in the Roman Empire [closed]

There were no books in the modern sense: there were scrolls. Roman economy was a pretty complicated thing, though, which means some form of bookkeeping had to exist. If you were to write a novel or ...
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Is there a term for something whose name pretty much repeats what it is--as in University College or Avenue Road?

Is there a term for something whose name just re-states what it is, as in University College (London) or Avenue Road (Toronto)?
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They're neither hugging nor embracing. What are they doing? [closed]

Here's a fairly famous painting by Gerome. It depicts Pygmalion and his creation who hasn't yet fully morphed (she's still part-marble): They're neither hugging nor embracing, at least not yet. ...
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Words like “defenestrate” for throwing things from a moving car, and from a rooftop

When someone throws something or someone out of a window, we have a word for it: Defenestrate The meaning of defenestrate given by Oxford Dictionary: formal or ,humorous The action of throwing ...
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Definition of Female Empowerment [closed]

Does anyone have a good definition of female empowerment? It'd be extremely helpful if this came as a quote. Please link if possible!
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Person who repeatedly fails

I would like to describe a person who invests in the stock market, but repeatedly fails each time. Is there a proper English term to describe this kind of person? Thanks.
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Looking for another word to fit into this sentence!

I dyed my hair green to _____ the coming Halloween. The tone in this sentence I want to express is passive like "cope". So instead of saying I dyed my hair green because of the coming Halloween, I ...
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Word to describe the setting for a particular time?

I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time? I'd use it in a sentence ...
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How to express the idea that a person feels “anxious” because someone said something that is somehow relating / touching to his/her bad intention?

In Vietnamese, "the face turns pale or green or blue" means "anxiety"? I remember, in English, "red" means "(of the face) bright red or pink, especially because you are angry, embarrassed or ...
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Eat your dinner

I am used to saying 'have/take your dinner' and 'eat your food'. Is it correct to say 'eat your dinner'? Is it just a matter of style and preference?