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

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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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One word for the act of being born?

Is there any one word for the act of being born? The closest things I could think of are: I was born I come to life She is giving birth to me I'm interested in knowing if there is one word to ...
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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Using the word “eyesight”

I was wondering whether the usage of the word "eyesight" is wrong or not in the sentence below. "The purpose of data visualization is to aid people in comprehending complex data by stimulating ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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What does it mean to be “worth someone's keep”?

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. What does it mean ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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Word for opposite parallel vectors

Given two points, A and B, there are two vectors: A-->B and A<--B which are parallel but pointing in opposite directions. I remember learning as a kid a word which simply defines the line upon ...
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Difference between “underneath” and “under” when we describe an action

I ask for the difference in a sense of active quality rather than a stative quality of the verbs. E.g. in "the toy is sitting underneath/under table", the verb is stative. So we are dealing with ...
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peripheral equipment - only for computers?

If I say "peripheral equipment", does this always refer to equipment attached to computers (such as printers, mice, keyboards, etc), or can it also be used for other things? For example, can I talk ...
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Meaning of word “nicy” [on hold]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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differentiating between all that and what

Original (extracted from the book The Scarlet Letter): Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains ...
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What is the specific word for a lost child whose guardians/parents are required to be located? [on hold]

Let's say a child is lost and is in desperate need to find his/her parents. What should be the specific word for this child to describe his state and situation?
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Term for insulting words which sound grand?

I don't mean euphemisms or backhanded compliments (or the reverse). It's the words which sound grand, but actually have a bad meaning (e.g., jumentous: smelling strongly like a beast of burden). Is ...
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What does “insteadly” mean?

I have seen it couple of times in a chat room on the internet. What does "insteadly" mean? Is it a shortcut of "instead of"?
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Word for “referring to common but not universal attributes of a group of people”?

I was recently out with friends and also with someone I didn't know too well. At some point during the night, I was imitating English spoken with a Mandarin speaker's accent for humorous effect, and ...
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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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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
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Can a person's name be used to represent a group of people?

Can a name of a person (usually from stories, or history) be used to describe a group of people? For example, can Cinderella be used to refer to girls who are poor and have difficulties in life, but ...
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'Ours' meaning 'our home' - where is it used outside the UK, if anywhere?

In expressions like: Let's go back to ours and have some food. There's a party at ours on Friday. There's a bottle of brandy at yours, isn't there? 'ours' and 'yours' are synonyms for ...
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Like “sexist” or “racist,” but in reference to being gay?

Is there a term that is similar to sexist or racist but refers to gay people? "Homophobic" comes to mind, but that's more a fear or disgust of homosexuals versus discrimination based solely on sexual ...
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the switch went on (definition)

I heard this in a documentary. The speaker is some serial killer who claims he started his rampage after watching a video. He goes like this: "I put one of the videos in and what came on the ...
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Is “alien” offensive?

I understand that alien is used as a synonym of foreigner, as well as a synonym of extraterrestrial. I suspect that people from other planets wouldn't mind being called aliens. But is it wrong ...
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what does “are organized” mean in this sentence?

By 2013 the theoretical and practical courses are organized Is it already organized or is it about to get organized? I mean, is it past or future?
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“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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What's the difference between 'every time' and 'everytime'? [closed]

What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences b/w them?
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what is the difference between need and necessitate?

both are verb and necessitate is formal. two are all related with the adjective necessary. Mostly people use need in daily life. what is the difference?
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Meaning of “The whole of eastern North America makes do with but one species”

Makes do with means accepting something less satisfactory because there is no alternative. In this case, it makes less sense for me why we use this phrase, and by using but I think it accentuates the ...
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Difference between “infinite” and “indefinite”

I have found that infinite means "very great in amount of degree" while indefinite refers to "a period of time that has no defined end." Is there a subtle, nuanced difference between these terms, or ...
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What's a word for someone who puts others down for having different views on a topic?

I'm trying to think of a word for someone who thinks their views are better than other views and talks down to others who don't have the same views.
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Word that encompasses a person's mood, activity, company, etc [closed]

I'm looking for a preferably short word that encompasses how a person is feeling, what they're doing, and who they're with. The list of things I want to represent will probably grow over time, so a ...
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develop depression?

why this phrase such as "Broca's aphasics also develop depression late on" is used by using "DEVELOP"? what I can guess is depression has several numbers of processes, so that's why?
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What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition [closed]

What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition. is there any differences? I couldn't find any information on google. competitiveness: an aggressive willingness to compete ...
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pharmaceutical Affair act. Why someone put Affair in the middle of two words? [closed]

I don't get it why pharmaceutical affair act used AFFAIR in the middle of phrase. Because without affair, it does make perfect sense. maybe there will be some reasons????????
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what is the difference between prohibit and inhibit, and bonus forbid [closed]

There are origin words "pro, and in " and when I looked it up on dictionaries , it shows that prohibit is quite a large range of meaning and inhibit is restricted in persons' action. and can you guys ...
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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candid candor, splendid splendor, squalid squalor, rigid rigor — finding examples

The etymological fallacy is exposed by examples as humid/humor, liquid/liquor, and, I think, some others. This pattern, at least as applied to the examples in the subject line, is familiar to ...
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Word for belief or prejudice that is held, but it is not conscious

I remember reading about an idea of a belief or prejudice that is subconscious. It had a prefix, and it was something like: belief -> alief or prejudice -> ajudice But I can't remember the ...
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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“pumphead” - why?

Can anybody tell me where the expression "pumphead" comes from? Why do doctors use it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postperfusion_syndrome Thanks!
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The Equivalent Term for Pharmacy in the UK

In the States, we use the term "pharmacy" or "drugstore," but what is the equivalent in the UK? I checked two sources, but came up with nothing.
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The use of the word “disjunction” in a sentence

I am not a native English speaker. I have been given the task of reviewing a text written in English. I wonder if I by the following use of the word "disjunction", make myself guilty of the very same ...
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One word for older/younger brothers and sisters

In Japanese, Chinese and Korean etc, they all have specific "term" to address the older/younger brothers and sisters. In Korean, there are even separate terms called by female and male, like Hyung by ...
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Expression for “a place where you could settle and live without having to ask for permission, pay taxes, …” [closed]

On the History Stack Exchange they were talking about “white spots”. Is there a proper expression, a single word, or a phrase for such a place? By "white spot" I mean a place where you (if you ...