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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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Difference between laxity and lethargy?

I know their respective meanings but somehow I associate lethargy in a negative sense (as in a disease or something). Are they completely interchangble or do they have any specific usercases?
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Another term for “get together”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that means the same thing as "get together" (which I feel is a bit to semantically ambiguous) or "hang out" (too informal). Any ideas? The scenario is as follows: ...
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What is the word describes walk with joy?

Two good friends seeing each other after years. They are happy and have lots to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate verb to picture their ...
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Word / phrase to describe this circumstance

A soldier is depicted as weak, dehumanised etc against propaganda rhetoric, making the reader feel uncomfortable / offended perhaps at this depiction. Words escape me at point, I cannot phrase this ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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Cognizant usage

Would I be correct in saying my cognizant factors were partially stripped, if I had an experience where I didn't understand why that ?happened.
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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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What is the difference between “depth of the trench” and “trench depth”?

As a non-English native speaker, I don't know what is the difference between these following expressions and whether or not the first expression is correct? The first expression: Then you ...
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Any kind of + plural word

I have a question about any kind of. Results can be applied to any kinds of drawing or texturing applications In the sentence above, should I use any kind of applications or any kinds of ...
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Gerund Separate Words

My friend and I have been debating if adding 'ing' to a word makes it its own word. We said Webster would be the final answer for the debate. A search on Webster though brought back the root word as ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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What are the differences between “stand-alone” and “standalone”?

When I tried to search for standalone, it redirects me to the definition of stand-alone on Dictionary.com: self-contained and able to operate without other hardware or software. Next, I tried to ...
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “aggregate” and “aggregated”?

The word is meant to be used as a description of the summarized number/count of something (e.g. aggregate(d) consumption of heating oil, consumed by all households in a country). I've seen both words ...
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What is the word for comparing 'competing constraints'?

For example, let's say I am designing a car and I need it to be as light as possible for increased fuel economy but as strong as possible for passenger safety. By making it stronger I make it heavier ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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Formalities calling work colleagues, clients an partners as Pal/Pals

In my work we have a collaborative tool for work interaction where we debate things like workflow and issues. I'm in a interaction with workmates, client employees and partners. I thought to reference ...
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What word describes a person who acts like a goody-good because they fear repercussion from authority?

Is there a word in English that describes the behavior of someone who realizes they are being monitored by some authority or supervisor, and as such, are acting on "their best behavior"? For instance, ...
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Word for “not anachronistic”, authentic to the time period

If you're discussing a piece of old literature and someone says it's forged, written after the fact to seem like it's from a certain period that's called _____? Anachronistic? If it turns out to be ...
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What is the action called when a grumpy old man shows that he is annoyed, by making a 'throat-clearing' sound?

Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Is there a more appropriate word or an idiom for that?
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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Home-printed ad with tear-away strips

Have you seen those home-printed ads, usually pasted on community boards, with cut-up strips at the bottom with the phone number printed on each strip so to allow anyone interested to torn away one of ...
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Use of the adverb first in conjunction with then

Are the use and the positions of the adverbs first and then correct in the following two sentences? We prove, first, two preliminary properties, and, then, the whole theorem. We first show ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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What is the word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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What do you call this kind of educational illustration?

This is a kind of image that I've seen in dictionaries and encyclopaedias since my childhood. That kind of educative images have a theme. In the image there's a lot of different things related to that ...
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Should I use 'follow lemma (1)' or 'follow from lemma (1)'?

In mathematical papers, some theorems are proved based on some existing lemmas. Then, should I use Following lemma (1), we prove... or Following from lemma (1), we prove...
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Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct? [duplicate]

Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct?. In some published papers, I either see 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' used in some sentences or phrases. Can someone justify and comment?
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“Work on the field” vs. “work in the field” [on hold]

Which of these is correct, or are both? The farmer works on the field. The farmer works in the field.
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Hatred/ Hatredness/ Hate

Is there any difference between the following words hatred, hatredness, hate, and how do you make a distinction between them when you use them?
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Largest Fee vs Highest Amount when referring to a monetary (USD) amount

Given an array of dollar amounts called 'Fees,' what is the proper way to refer to the largest number? Is largest fee or highest amount preferred?
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point the note OR note the point? [migrated]

If I want to thank someone because mntioned a good subject, which one would be the best and why? Thanks for pointig great note. Thanks for noting great point. Or are these basically the ...
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Word to describe policy that attacks the environment?

I am putting together a presentation, and for the life of me I am unable to think of the word which describes this situation. I am discussing policy promoted by the US in Latin America during the 60s ...
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A phrase that describes someone that doesn't pay their debt

ie. Knowing that they have an unpaid debt, yet doesn't care. I suppose "he is renouncing his debt" would be fine, but it doesn't seem to flow well. "he is abandoning his debt" doesn't sound too good ...
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“CEO at” or “CEO of”?

Is it proper to say John Smith is the CEO of ABC Company or John Smith is the CEO at ABC Company?
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Must or have to?

Is it more usual to say " Must you wear a uniform ?" or " Do you have to wear a uniform?" I understand the ( slight) differences between must and have to in the affirmative form, but does this ...
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Longest lexicographic English word? [duplicate]

What is the longest lexicographic English word? In other words, what's the longest English word who's letters are in alphabetical order?
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“to become as an instructor” OR “to become an instructor”? [on hold]

When she was 14 years old, she even earned a black belt in karate. Also, she got a special training, exclusive for disabled people to become as an instructor." Should I rewrite the same sentence ...
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Can I use “for” and “of” to reference a single noun?

I did read they were interchangeable, "for" and "of". But what about using them with words that typically use one or the other? -- to instill respect for and knowledge of our policies vs. to ...
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What do you call a combination of date and time? [duplicate]

Those who know programming simply call this as DateTime. For example, "2015-12-22 03:11:25". Instead of referring it to simply DateTime, is there any other suitable name?
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Which one should I use? [on hold]

My grandma always ( makes off - makes up - make out - makes up for ) a fantastic story to tell us . Which one should I use ? I tried to find in online dictionary cambridge and I found that : Make ...
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Another words for “condensate”? [closed]

I want to describe rainfall, originally i choose "conceived", but that does not fit the imagery. So "condensate" came to mind, but that feels a bit scientific but visual enough. All suggestions are ...
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Single adjective meaning “for a long time”?

Basically I want to say: Sheep grazing is one of the possible ways to restore the biodiversity of alpine meadows that have been uncultivated for a long time. But I would like to form much ...
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Does the word “validator” exist?

Microsoft Word said it didn't exist and the online Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam dictionaries do not bring it up. Google Translator does translate it into portuguese, but I'm afraid it was a ...
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Won't & Don't Usage [duplicate]

What is the difference between the phrase "They won't let me go." and "They don't let me go." Is the latter correct?
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What do you call the ability to tell good from bad?

It is the ability to tell good people from bad people just by observing them. It is like being a good judge of character, a connoisseur of human nature. I would like to find a single word that ...
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what would be the appropriate word in this passage? possibly loosely related to “conflate”

i'm looking for a word that means intentionally attempting to conflate/situate two apparently contradictory ideas/beliefs etc.- for example, "as a practicing psychiatrist, is it possible for me to ___ ...
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What is wrong with “to lie at the basis of”

Is there anything particular unstylish about the phrase "X lies at the basis of Y"? In this thread, some users qualify this phrase as "clumsy", without saying why. What would be the reason? (I do not ...