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direct negation of concur

I'm wondering what the direct opposite of "concur" is. For example, disagree is the direct negation of agree. Is there such a word? Thanks!
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“I'm always going by bike” vs. “I always go by bike”

Premise I hate translation work. No, don't get me wrong. I really hate it. With a vehemence. Not because it's boring, but because doubts, insecurities and scruples plague me and deadlines give me ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Word/phrase for “time-wise in-between”?

Word/phrase for "time-wise in-between"? Say my arrival was time-wise in-between lunch and dinner. Say I want to say that more idiomatically, how would I do that?
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She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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Looking for the media equivalent of “televised”

If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television. Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet. ...
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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit?

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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What is the difference between “asked” and “offered” [on hold]

What is the difference between someone making an offer or asking if you want something ?
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Which verb would fit better to describe the flow between the steps of a process?

I'm describing the steps of a workflow and each step's description ends with the expression "Press the xxx button to ... to the next step". I can't decide which verb to use in this context. My ...
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How do you describe the 'darker side' of someone? Context given here

Context: Foster child learns to manipulate people to make them love her. She meets a kind mother for once, and she doesn't need to revert to her 'psychopathic' (for lack of a better word) side. I am ...
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What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?

I'm trying to think of a formal word to describe the "tipping point" of an object. This would be the same point at which an object would be perfectly balanced.
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Why do people in the scientific community use terminology such as renal, hepatic, and cardiac instead of kidney, liver, and heart?

Why is there the need to map these everyday words onto another set of words when it seems to complicate matters? Is it just done out of tradition, or is there some underlying logic to it?
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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When is it appropriate to use 'admixture' rather than 'mixture'?

I saw the word admixture used in a sentence recently and looked it up in the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary only to find that its definition is "a mixture". This is the sentence: The ...
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Do State-of-the-art and Cutting edge have the same meaning?

Do state-of-the-art and cutting edge mean the same thing or do they have different meanings? If they have different meanings, which is used when?
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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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Is the phrase “…could only know by then” correct?

He told me he would give me the answer after the trip. Was there something he could only know by then? I don't know why but it sounds a little weird to me. Anyway, to make sure I searched on ...
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Does a phrase, “something authentic” make sense?

I'm a non-native English speaker recently trying to launch my own company named "Origin Authentic" And I'm also planning to launch a brand named "Honey Authentic" which is to be a name of a dessert ...
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Question on using the phrase “draw on” in context.

Is this a proper use? "He is an icon in that he acts as a symbol to draw on."
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Explanation needed: Why is “and” wrong in this sentence?

It is difficult to predict what kinds of books will be popular in the years ahead, because tastes change and topics either get overexplored and lose their relevance. I have placed the key words ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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A question about the use of “everywhere” in the sentence

Recently I've stumbled upon this sentence on the internet: Home is everywhere your heart is. Somehow it doesn't seem right to me. If I had to convey the same meaning, I would write something ...
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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”?

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?

The writings here are my confessions. is essentially what I mean to say, minus the implication of guilt, or, with more words, The writings here describe personal details about myself and my ...
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Word for someone who lacks the skill to appreciate what they have?

Fitting example: A middle-aged woman driving a 911 Turbo who can't manage to stop at the light properly. Bonus points if the word also connotes a sense of envy
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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'there' vs 'here on phone call

I'm on phone call between multiple participants. Initiator asks: -Who is on the call? What is correct form to answer? "John Doe is there" or "John Doe is here"? From other question (Proper use of ...
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Correct way of saying “graphological” in stylistic analysi

Reading the wikipedia page for graphemics, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphemics I stumble across "later some scholars suggested calling it graphology[1] to match phonology, but that name is ...
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Dragons are “fantastic” creatures or “fantastical” creatures?

If I'm discussing fantasy as a genre, and I want to describe a noun as fitting that genre, should I call it fantastic or fantastical? It seems both words exist in (say) Merriam-Webster, but the -al ...
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What is it called when the last word of a sentence is also used as the first word of the next sentence? [duplicate]

For example in the rhyme "Miss Susie" the end of each verse is linked to the next. Would these just be called puns? Or is there a more specific name when they are used in this way. Example: Miss ...
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Send someone away without sounding harsh [closed]

Somebody came to visit me for 3(three) days but till now, one(1) week after, he is still in my house. How can I ask him to go without sounding harsh?
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Word for 'controlled by', with reference to an external controller

Is there a word for 'controlled by' applicable in " My body was controlled by the mind "
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Can I use 'better still' in negative sentences?

Can I use 'better still' in a negative sentence? I'm especially interested in American English usage. Does it sound natural to say: You may not have the access to a trusted counselling, or better ...
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The verb for appointment to a job [closed]

If a person is appointed to a job, for instance, "Senior Specialist", what is correct among the following examples: Senior Specialist was appointed by the HR manager Senior Specialist was ...
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Should I use “forget” or “forgot” in the following case?

Speaker A: Hearing your father's records makes you forget about death because it makes you feel as if he's still alive. As if death doesn't really exist--wait, that doesn't make sense. Thinking ...
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Thought Leaders OF or Thought Leaders IN Physics? [on hold]

Which of the two is correct or more natural?
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Word like “ancestors” or “ancestry line” which includes the initial subject?

I am trying to give a proper name to a function in a programme. What the function does is to return the node on which it is called, and also its ancestry line until the top node. The concept can be ...
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Is “myriad” not prevalent in “day to day speech”? [duplicate]

I have noticed people using "myriad" when they mean "uncountable" or simply many. Is "Myriad" not prevalent in "day to day speech Can it be used for definite but large amount of anything.
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The most common way to refer to non-immediate family?

Example: When my mother came back from the island, she came back as a newborn Christian. [...] was shocked, especially since none of them belonged to that religion. (In this case, they refer ...
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Hyperbolic vs Hyperbolical

I just looked up the word "hyperbolic" in the 3rd edition of "The New Oxford American Dictionary", and the second definition says "(of language) exaggerated; hyperbolical." When I go to hyperbolical, ...
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Word that means “waste of life”

So just, is there a word that means waste of life, whereby it is fitting in the context of war analysis?
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Difference between “can't” and “won't be able to” [closed]

Could someone tell me the difference between the following two sentences? I won't be able to come to see you this Saturday. I can't come to see you this Saturday.
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“Sneaked off” vs “sneaked into” vs “sneaked away.”

I often get confused about which one to use. Example: He sneaked [...] to the rear of the ship. Or maybe all of them have a different connotation?
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Can you use the word “bearing” to mean causing?

Can you use the word "bearing" to mean when smething causes something? For example, I'm trying to write a poem thing and I'm using the sentence "the bleak bearing blanket of fog" to describe how a ...
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What preposition should I use in the following sentence?

I'd never taken a glass-bottom boat. To be honest, the idea intimidated me at the beginning. What if the glass couldn't support the passenger's weight? What if a shark swooped [...] and broke ...
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Does using the word “ergo” come across as pompous in a work-related email? [closed]

I'm writing to someone senior to me at my organization. I gave a long-winded complaint about my experience with someone, but I must continue to work with that employee. I wanted to say "[the other ...